Wisconsin’s Local Redistricting Group is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the regionally located 2020 Local Redistricting Training Seminars & Workshops. This is a great opportunity to prepare for local redistricting in 2021.
We are offering six training locations throughout the state in March. Seating is limited, so please register below at your earliest convenience to reserve your space:
- Madison (Wednesday, March 11)
- Waukesha (Friday, March 13)
- Appleton (Monday, March 16)
- Rhinelander (Wednesday, March 18)
- La Crosse (Tuesday, March 24)
- Rice Lake (Wednesday, March 25)
Seminar & Workshop Abstract:
The Local Redistricting Group, consisting of staff from the Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB), Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB), and UW-Madison Applied Population Laboratory (APL), will provide information on the upcoming 2020 US Census, the legal process of redistricting, and the software utilized for local redistricting in the state of Wisconsin. LTSB will also discuss the logistics of the 2020 rehearsal redistricting pilot program, scheduled to start in June.
The morning session will provide local officials and GIS professionals with information about the upcoming 2020 Census, local redistricting timelines, and information on current local redistricting statutes. This will include an overview of the ‘how and why’ of redistricting for counties and municipalities, as well as discussions of procedures, guidelines, and the laws that shape redistricting in Wisconsin.
The afternoon session will be a "hands-on" demonstration of the all-new WISE-LR software, which will be used for local redistricting in Wisconsin. WISE-LR is a web application developed by the LTSB specifically for the state statutes of Wisconsin and local redistricting laws in 2020. 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. Attendees will have time at the end of the workshop for experimentation and one-on-one "hands-on" instruction. This last portion is where having a laptop is imperative.
Schedule of the Day:
8:30 AM: Sign-In/Doors Open
9 AM – 12 PM: Principles of Local Redistricting in WI & the 2020 Census
12 PM – 1 PM: Lunch (on your own)
1 PM - 4 PM: Local Redistricting Software Training
If you are interested in the training, but are unable to attend, you will have another opportunity in April of 2021 after the start of local redistricting as we will conduct a second round of workshops around the state. Please note that if a location is full, we encourage you to add your name to the wait list so we may contact you if an opening becomes available.
If you have questions about the training seminars or pilot, 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