Gov. Evers Vetoes GOP’s “Gerrymandering 2.0” Maps
Governor vetoes maps that would maintain Republicans’ undemocratic majorities, increase partisan advantage
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today, in a video message to Wisconsinites, vetoed legislation passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature that would effectively solidify existing, gerrymandered voting maps for the next decade in the state of Wisconsin. When Republicans introduced the maps, Gov. Evers slammed the maps as “gerrymandering 2.0,” calling on Republicans to go back to the drawing board and vowing to veto the bills if sent to the governor’s desk unchanged. After Republicans in the Legislature refused to amend their maps before passage, the governor acted on his promise today and vetoed Senate Bills 621 and 622.
Gov. Evers has long advocated for nonpartisan redistricting and fair maps. In 2020, the governor signed Executive Order #66, creating the People’s Maps Commission, a nonpartisan redistricting commission comprised of nine commissioners selected by a panel of retired judges to represent each of Wisconsin’s eight congressional districts. The maps presented by the People’s Maps Commission were developed after a year-long process that involved multiple rounds of public input—receiving nearly 2,000 submissions, including from Wisconsinites representing 68 counties and 321 municipalities, as well as 18 leading redistricting experts—ensuring that Wisconsinites played an integral role in the map-drawing process. The Princeton Gerrymandering Project also awarded each of the final maps released by the People’s Maps Commission with an overall “A” rating, calling the maps “significantly better” than those proposed by Republicans and highlighting their increased partisan fairness.
The governor’s veto message for Senate Bill 621 and Senate Bill 622 is available here.
A transcript of the governor’s video message is available below.
Hello, Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers here.
Three years ago, when I ran for governor, I promised to support a nonpartisan redistricting commission because I believe—and I know Wisconsinites agree—that people should get to choose their elected officials, not the other way around.
I will protect the right of every eligible voter to cast their ballot. I will defend our democracy, our elections, and the people who do this work every day. And I will fight for nonpartisan redistricting to be the law of the land as long as I’m governor.
Because it’s the right thing to do and it’s a promise I made to you.
That’s why I created the People’s Maps Commission—nine Wisconsinites selected by a panel of three retired judges to represent each congressional district and to serve as our state’s nonpartisan redistricting commission. They weren’t elected officials, lobbyists, or high-paid consultants—they were doctors, librarians, community members and educators.
And they worked hard over the last year to listen to folks from every corner of our state to prepare a set of maps for the Legislature and me to consider.
But what’s sitting in front of me here are gerrymandered maps modeled after the same gerrymandered maps we’ve had for a decade. Hundreds showed up on short notice to voice their opposition to these maps, and not a single member of the public testified in support of these bills at that public hearing. And they were sent to my desk over the objections of a decade’s worth of people in this state demanding better, demanding more, and demanding a fair, nonpartisan process for preparing our maps for the next 10 years.
And these maps here, they’re more of the same. They’re gerrymandering 2.0.
I told the Legislature early on to go back to the drawing board when these were first introduced. I’ve said all along I’d veto these maps if they came to my desk.
This was about elected officials having the courage to do the right thing when it mattered most. And the members of this Legislature failed to deliver.
So, with that, I’m now vetoing SB 621 and SB 622.
These gerrymandered maps will not become law.
I promised I’d never sign gerrymandered maps that came to my desk, and I’m delivering on that promise today.
This is just too important, folks. Our state deserves better, and we’re going to keep working as long as I’m governor to bring fair maps to Wisconsin.
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- Gov. Evers Vetoes GOP’s “Gerrymandering 2.0” Maps - Gov. Tony Evers - Nov 18th, 2021
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- Rep. Bowen’s Statement on Gerrymandered Republican Maps: Same Poop in a New Toilet - State Rep. David Bowen - Nov 11th, 2021
- Expressing Disappointment in Rep. Ortiz-Velez for Carrying Water for Republican Speaker Robin Vos at the Expense of Our Constituents - Ald. JoCasta Zamarripa - Nov 11th, 2021
- Rep. Robyn Vining Votes Against Gerrymandered Maps, Supports Fair Maps - State Rep. Robyn Vining - Nov 11th, 2021
- Rep. Hintz: Assembly Republicans Pass Gerrymander 2.0 - State Rep. Gordon Hintz - Nov 11th, 2021
- Senate Approves Republican Redistricting - Laurel White - Nov 8th, 2021
- State Senate Will Vote on GOP Legislative Maps - Shawn Johnson - Nov 4th, 2021
- Hundreds Denounce GOP Redistricting Plan - Laurel White - Oct 28th, 2021
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