We need to continue the push for non-partisan redistricting and fair maps in Wisconsin. The first step is to contact Governor Evers’ office before the end of February. Please ask him to include in the state budget the Hansen-Vining bill on non-partisan redistricting AND the money to fund it. The money would be used to retool and re-staff the Legislative Reference Bureau so that it can draw new electoral maps in 2021. Governor Evers’ phone number is 608.266.1212. You can email him at https://appengine.egov.com/apps/wi/Governor/contact.
The latest Marquette poll shows that a whopping 72% of Wisconsin voters want a nonpartisan process for creating both state legislative districts and congressional districts. Well over half the counties in Wisconsin have passed resolutions calling on state government to draw fair maps for our elections. Add your voice on this petition:https://www.commoncause.org/wisconsin/
Your message to the Governor can be short and sweet. You can include the following points:
Despite the fact that 54 percent of Wisconsin voters voted for Democratic candidates for the State Assembly, Democrats now hold only 36 of 99 seats. That disparity between votes cast and seats won may be the largest in the nation.
Wisconsin has more partisan gerrymandering of state legislative districts than any other state in the country.
The $850,000 Robin Vos wants to defend his indefensible, partisan 2011 voter maps would be a good initial source for this funding.
After you call Governor Evers, phone or email your state Assembly representative and state Senator, even if he/she is a Democrat, asking them to co-sponsor the bill Senator Hansen will shortly introduce to the Senate and Representative Robyn Vining will introduce in the Assembly, and to urge hearings and passage of these bills. To find who represents you and their phone numbers, start atlegis.wisconsin.gov and type your address into the form labeled "Find Your Legislator." You can talk about transparency, voting rights, fairness and democracy in your discussions with legislators and with the governor.