Wisconsin counties pass referendums for independent redistricting

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — An additional 11 Wisconsin counties, including Crawford County, and three municipalities this week passed non-binding referendums in favor of adopting an independent, nonpartisan redistricting process in the state.

The counties and municipalities include: Adams County, Bayfield County, Brown County, Crawford County, Door County, Dunn County, Iowa County, Jefferson County, Kenosha County, Rusk County, Waushara County; the City of Barron, the City of Racine, and Land O’ Lakes.

Wisconsin has a total of 28 counties and 19 municipalities which have passed similar referendums, according to the Fair Elections Project.

“Every single referendum passed with overwhelming margins, proving that people across Wisconsin are sick of partisan games,” said Sachin Chheda, director of the Fair Elections Project. “Fair district maps mean every voice is heard, not just the extreme right and left. The people of Wisconsin want real solutions, and they want a Legislature that reflects the will of the people, not just Party bosses.”

La Crosse and Vernon counties passed similar referendums last year and Monroe County passed one last April.

“This movement to ban gerrymandering is gaining momentum among citizens across the board,” said Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. “Politicians who ignore it or oppose it do so at their political peril.”

Every 10 years, after the Census is completed, each state must set new district lines to reflect changes in where people live, and each district needs to have roughly the same number of people in it. The Census Bureau is planning on delivering the data from its 2020 Census to the states next year.