Get an Early Start on Redistricting
Getting a head start on redistricting is important. If the process is done early enough, elected officials will not know exactly who will be in power after the next census.
The League of Women Voters applauds the appointment of a Dane County redistricting subcommittee by Dane County Board Chairwoman Sharon Corrigan to begin work on the process of redistricting.
As the League has pointed out since the 1970s, voters should choose their representatives, instead of allowing elected officials to choose their voters. At the state level, the League supports having a nonpartisan service agency, such as the Legislative Reference Bureau, draw district lines.
Last session, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told the Madison Downtown Rotary Club he would consider holding a hearing on a legislative proposal to implement nonpartisan redistricting if and when Dane County adopts redistricting reform.
Now Dane County has appointed a subcommittee involving three County Board members and a village clerk, a member of the Madison City Council, a representative from the League of Women Voters and a representative from the Dane County Towns Association.
The League looks forward to working with others on the subcommittee to develop a county redistricting process that can be a model in Wisconsin and beyond.
-- Kathleen Fullin and Brook Soltvedt, co-presidents, League of Women Voters of Dane County