Help "unrig" the legislative mapping system
This Tuesday, at 4 p.m. in Madison, come testify about how we can unrig the system.
The Wisconsin State Legislature has refused to even consider creating a fair and transparent process to draw legislative district maps. They wouldn't even have a hearing on SB13/AB44, let alone a vote, so the Fair Maps Coalition is organizing a “Citizens’ Public Hearing on Fair Maps.”
The public is invited to present testimony about what a fair map-drawing process would look like, as well as to propose actual fair maps or other input into unrigging the system.
The event is free and open to the public.
CITIZENS PUBLIC HEARING on FAIR MAPS
When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, Wisc.
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Background: Throughout the 2017-2018 legislative session, and for many years before, the members of the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition have demanded a hearing and vote from the Wisconsin Legislature on proposals to make the legislative redistricting process independent. The legislative majority and the relevant committee chairs – Senator Devin LeMahieu and Rep. Kathy Bernier – have completely ignored those demands in this last session, refusing to even hold a hearing to consider Assembly Bill 44/Senate Bill 13, the bills sponsored by Sen. Dave Hansen & Rep. Don Vruwink to delegate redistricting responsibilities to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau.
The Citizens’ Public Hearing will be co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leaders Tim Cullen and Dale Schultz, who have led the fight for fair redistricting for many years. Senator Cullen also chairs Common Cause Wisconsin, which along with the League of Women Voters, the Fair Elections Project, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign are organizing the hearing.
“We expected at least the courtesy of a hearing, if not a committee and floor vote, on independent redistricting,” said Sachin Chheda, director of the Fair Elections Project and co-chair of the WI Fair Maps Coalition, a collective of a dozen groups concerned about democracy. “Instead, we got stonewalling, lies, and misdirection, and no action on the independent redistricting bill. So if Sen. LeMahieu and Rep. Bernier won’t do their job, we’ll have to step in and do it for them.”