Assembly candidate Brostoff calls for non-partisan redistricting
State Assembly candidate Jonathan Brostoff has called for non-partisan redistricting in Wisconsin to rectify gerrymandering.
MILWAUKEE – State Assembly candidate Jonathan Brostoff has called for non-partisan redistricting in Wisconsin to rectify gerrymandering.
Jonathan Brostoff, a candidate for the Assembly seat in the 19th district, says that a non-partisan group responsible for redistricting would bring accountability to elected officials, eliminate costly court cases and create a more democratic environment for political debate in Wisconsin.
“Republicans have successfully given themselves an unfair advantage by redrawing districts to ensure GOP majorities in the Assembly and Senate,” said Brostoff. “This is undemocratic and unfair to the people of Wisconsin, and we need to fix it.”
Support for AB 185 and SB 163, which are based on Iowa’s model for non-partisan redistricting and promoted by Rep. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) and Rep. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville), is a start to fixing this broken system, says Brostoff. If passed, redistricting responsibilities would transfer to the LRB, which is a non-partisan state service agency.
In the 2012 state Assembly election, only 11 out of 99 districts were considered competitive – that is, decided by a margin of six percentage points or less – according to the LRB. “If elected officials feel they have no real challenge to their seat, they don’t have to be as accountable to their constituents,” said Brostoff.
The need for a non-partisan group responsible for redistricting became more pressing, Brostoff said, after a 2012 Federal court decision that determined Republicans’ attempts to redraw maps on the south side of Milwaukee violated the law, calling the effort “all but shameful.”
Wisconsin taxpayers paid more than $2.1 million in court costs to resolve the issue, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, money that Brostoff thinks could have been better invested elsewhere in the state.
“Non-partisan redistricting is an issue fundamental to our democracy,” said Brostoff. “Our representatives should be decided by citizens on voting day, not in advance by a crooked line on a map.”
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