Gerrymandering

To the Editor,

What should a map of political districts look like in Wisconsin? Should politicians be able to draw lines around particular houses in order to throw someone out of office? Wisconsin’s process is divisive, polarizing, expensive, litigious, and undermines basic notions of representation. The last redistricting, after the 2010 census, cost taxpayers more than $2 million and, as usual, was challenged in court.

I believe that Wisconsin should establish a non-partisan redistricting process for 2021. Redistricting reform could be based on our neighboring state of Iowa’s highly successful and respected 34-year-old redistricting process.

In the 2013-2014 legislative sessions, proposals AB185 and SB163 were the most widely-supported and written-about political reforms pertaining to redistricting in Wisconsin over the past two years. They had the editorial support of an unprecedented 19 Wisconsin daily newspapers.

I believe the fortunes of political parties hinge on how much support they receive in votes, not how cleverly they manage to carve out districts to their advantage. Rather than the politicians picking which voters they want to represent, voters should have more power and choice to pick their politicians. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, it’s a voter issue.

Every candidate for state office should be asked about redistricting, so they realize that this is an issue in which the public, not politicians, will take the lead.

Eventually citizens will win because their voices are growing stronger and lawmakers are looking increasingly out of touch, self-serving and greedy.

Deb Klock
Plymouth


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