County Board Adopts Supervisor Sartori’s Redistricting Resolution
"It's time to put the public interest before partisan interests..."
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution calling for the Wisconsin State Legislature to create a nonpartisan process for Congressional and Legislative redistricting on Thursday, joining 18 other Wisconsin Counties that have passed similar measures.
The resolution, authored by Supervisor David L. Sartori, acknowledges that Wisconsin’s legislative and congressional redistricting plans are historically subject to partisan influence which doesn’t serve the best interests of Wisconsin residents.
Supervisor Sartori released the following statement on the adoption of his resolution:
“I’m grateful to my colleagues on the County Board for supporting my resolution and joining with other counties across Wisconsin that want to restore integrity to our electoral process.
“We only have to look at the results of the 2011 elections, where Republicans received less than 50% of the statewide vote but took control of 60% of the seats in the Assembly, to know that Wisconsin’s redistricting process is unfair.
“Allowing the self-interest of legislators to determine the boundaries of electoral districts undermines our democracy, plain and simple.
“It’s time to put the public interest before partisan interests and establish a fair and independent process for drawing voting districts.
“A fair process for drawing legislative and congressional district maps should be non-partisan and developed by an independent body. Milwaukee County established a model for such a process in 2016, which includes an independent redistricting committee and allows for public input.”
“I sincerely hope our friends in the State Legislature listen to the people of Wisconsin and consider objective practices for redrawing district maps and restore integrity to our elections.”
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