Matt Rothschild
Op Ed

24 Counties Have Voted for Fair Maps

They passed resolutions calling for nonpartisan redistricting to end gerrymandering.

By - Aug 25th, 2017 01:34 pm
Counties that have passed fair maps resolutions (in purple).

Counties that have passed fair maps resolutions (in purple).

The drive to improve the way Wisconsin redraws its district maps is rapidly gaining speed.

Just in the past two weeks, three more counties — Kenosha, La Crosse, and Monroe — have passed resolutions saying they are in favor of nonpartisan redistricting, with the maps drawn not by the political party in power but by civil servants with specific criteria to ensure that the maps are not rigged in favor of any party.

That’s how it’s been done in Iowa for the past 35 years, so this nonpartisan process is called the Iowa Model.

In the first eight months of this year, a total of 17 counties in Wisconsin have endorsed the Iowa Model, and 7 counties endorsed it in previous years, so 24 counties are now on board.

This movement for fair maps has gained speed for three reasons.

The first is because of the Whitford case, the successful federal lawsuit against the Republican legislative leaders for the way they gerrymandered the maps in 2011 to secure a partisan advantage. A three judge panel ruled last November that this was unconstitutional, and the case is now at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Second, a Lincoln County Board member, Hans Breitenmoser, took up the issue with gusto earlier this year. He not only got a resolution passed at his county board, but he has urged other county boards to follow suit.

And third, a coalition of pro-democracy groups — Fair Maps Wisconsin — has come together to push this issue forward. The coalition consists of such groups as Citizen Action Organizing Cooperatives, Common Cause in Wisconsin, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Wisconsin Fair Elections Project, and Wisconsin Voices, among others.

If you would like your county to pass a resolution endorsing the Iowa Model, contact Beverly Speer at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign at

Matthew Rothschild is executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Categories: Op-Ed, Politics

9 thoughts on “Op Ed: 24 Counties Have Voted for Fair Maps”

  1. Wisconsin Conservative Dgiest says:

    County refer to Constitution for rules. then have congress pass an amendment, then get 67% of sites to ratify.

  2. happyjack27 says:

    The Iowa method applied to Wisconsin will lead to a pro-Republican gerrymander, due to urban packing.

    If you want fair elections, you need multi-member districts.

  3. Wisconsin Conservative Dgiest says:

    Happy jack. is there no limit to your stupidity? Never happen, against constitution.

  4. happyjack27 says:

    Right, The Constitution of the United States of America prohibits Democracy. If I only had your brains, WCD.

  5. Wisconsin Conservative Dgiest says:

    Too late to get more brains.

  6. happyjack27 says:

    Darn. I guess then you’ll have to be the one to tell the state of Maine that multi-member congressional districts are unconstitutional.

  7. Tim says:

    I’d just wish that Milwaukee County would take their own advice and not gerrymander their own supervisor districts.

  8. Wisconsin Conservative Dgiest says:

    In 1970 I was gerrymandered out of running for a seat.

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