Referendums on Fair Maps and $ in Politics in Dozen Wisconsin Communities

November 5, 2018

On Election Day tomorrow, voters in a dozen communities in Wisconsin will be asked to weigh in on referendums dealing with banning gerrymandering or overturning the Citizens United decision.

On the issue of fair maps, voters in the counties of Eau Claire, Lincoln, Sauk, and Winnebago will be able to vote on whether they want the Wisconsin legislature to ban gerrymandering. Already, 41 county boards have voted in favor of doing that, and voters in two counties (Dane and Outagamie) have already passed such a referendum.

On the issue of overturning Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court decision that said corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money to tell you who to vote for, voters in four communities will have an opportunity to express themselves. They will be able to say whether they want to amend the U.S. Constitution to proclaim, once and for all, that corporations actually are not persons, and money actually is not speech.  Voters will have this opportunity in Jackson, Sauk, and Wood counties, and in the villages of Readstown, Westfield, and Weston, and the towns of Kickapoo, Rib Mountain, and Vermont. Already, 133 communities in Wisconsin have voted in favor amending the Constitution this way.

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign strongly supports both referendums.