by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director
January 25, 2019
The vast majority of Wisconsinites oppose gerrymandering and want nonpartisan redistricting. That’s what emerges from the latest Marquette Law School poll, which was released on January 24.
According to the poll, 72 percent of Wisconsin voters want a nonpartisan commission to draw the legislative and congressional district maps instead of the elected officials.
This sentiment is strong across political viewpoints, with 63 percent of Republicans agreeing with it, 76 percent of independents, and 83 percent of Democrats.
This sentiment has been propelled by the blatant rigging of the maps by the Republican leadership in 2011. A recent example of how successfully the Republicans rigged the maps came on November 6, when Democrats won 54 percent of the votes cast in Assembly races but Republicans kept 63 percent of the seats in the Assembly.
There is a growing grassroots movement in Wisconsin to ban gerrymandering, which the Marquette poll reflects. Already, 41 county boards have passed resolutions in favor of such a ban.
The will of the Wisconsin public is clear: No more map-rigging!