Holmen to hold Fair Maps Town Hall

Holmen is holding a Town Hall on La Crosse and Vernon County Nonpartisan Redistricting Referendums next month.

The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area, Driftless Voter Coalition, Vernon Friends of Fair Maps, Fair Elections Project, and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign are hosting the town hall meeting on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Holmen Public Library.

The event is in support of an advisory referendum on the April 2 ballot in La Crosse and Vernon Counties that would establish an impartial process to redraw Wisconsin’s state and congressional districts after the 2020 census, according to the release from the League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area.

Senator Tim Cullen, co-chair of the Fair Elections Project Wisconsin Campaign and Board Chairman of Common Cause Wisconsin, will speak on decades of gerrymandering by both major political parties in Wisconsin, culminating in the gerrymander of the 2011 maps, and offer a solution in nonpartisan redistricting for our future.

Patrick Barlow, La Crosse County Board member for the 22nd District, will speak to the local effects of gerrymandering. He will explain how it has affected the County Board and residents of La Crosse County. Patrick voted in favor of the county board’s resolution in 2017 advocating for fair maps and also to place a referendum before voters this spring to let their voice be heard.

This event is the first in a series of informational programs being hosted in March to raise public awareness of the April 2 advisory referendum and encourage voter turnout. Upcoming program dates are Tuesday, March 12 (Viroqua) and Wednesday, March 27 (La Crosse.) All are free and open to the public.

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