Wisconsin’s Local Redistricting Group is pleased to announce the 2020 Local Redistricting Training Webinar Series.
Below you will find registration links for hands-on training, a question & answer town hall, and participating in the pilot dress rehearsal. These educational opportunities are intended to replace the March regional-located training workshops that were cancelled due to the Coronavirus. This is a great opportunity to prepare for local redistricting in 2021. There will also be another opportunity in April of 2021 after the start of local redistricting as we will conduct a second round of workshops around the state.
Hands-On WISE-LR Training Webinars (Recordings posted below)
LTSB hosted guided live webinars on the local redistricting software “WISE-LR” via Zoom sessions on May 5th, 7th, 12th & 14th. WISE-LR is a web application developed by the LTSB specifically for the state statutes of Wisconsin and local redistricting laws in 2021. WISE-LR will allow local officials, or their delegates, to create, analyze, and share county supervisory plans, ward plans, and aldermanic plans with accurate demographic data. All the webinars covered the entire breadth of the WISE-LR software, however, now unrestricted by physical presence, they were each geared toward a specific role in the process.
- County Recording: WISE-LR Training for Counties (County Clerks, GIS staff, and other county staff
- Hands-on portion begins at 35:25
- LIO Recording: WISE-LR Training for Land Information Officers
- Hands-on portion begins at 39:16
- Municipal Recording: WISE-LR Training for Municipalities (Clerks, GIS staff, and other municipal staff)
- US Census and Demographic Data: UW-Madison Applied Population Laboratory (APL)
- Principles and Laws of Local Redistricting: Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB)
- Local Redistricting Software “WISE-LR” and Pilot: Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB)
- 2020 Census Presentation - (UW-Madison APL)
- 2020 Local Redistricting Presentation - (LRB)
- 2020 WISE-LR Software Presentation - (LTSB)
Local Redistricting Pilot (June 1st to July 12th)
The Local Redistricting Pilot is an inter-governmental dress rehearsal of the 2021 local redistricting process. The rehearsal is on a reduced timescale in order to accommodate a busy election year for clerks, so instead of three 60-day phases, the pilot will consist of three 14-day phases. The purpose of the pilot is for participants to learn their role, the roles and participants of other related governments, and to practice using the software. Additional details and instructions for the pilot will be provided to participants.
Open WISE-LR Training Window (Opened on April 30th)
Every Wisconsin County Clerk, County Land Information Officer, and Municipal Clerk has been sent credentials and instructions on how to log in to the WISE-LR local redistricting software. Users are encouraged to explore the software at their leisure through 2020 with the exception of training, pilot, and maintenance windows. This period is purely for training purposes only. The underlying data will not be valid for use in an actual plan, and plans created in this period may be deleted at any time without prior warning. LTSB staff will be available to answer any support questions.
If you need help using the WISE-LR application, please refer to: WISE-LR Help Documentation.
Question & Answer Town Hall with LRB, APL, and LTSB (1:00pm on May 20th)
The Wisconsin Local Redistricting Group, consisting of the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB), the Applied Population Lab (APL) at UW-Madison, and the Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB), hosted a Town Hall via a Zoom session at 1:00pm-2:00pm on Wednesday, May 20th. This interactive webinar answered questions about the local redistricting software, the pilot, the principles and laws of local redistricting, the Census, and the resulting Census datasets. This session was recorded and will be posted online soon.
If you have questions about the software, pilot, or workshops, please contact:
Legislative Technology Services Bureau
If you have questions about the local redistricting process, please contact:
Joseph T. Kreye
Legal Services Manager
Legislative Reference Bureau