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Wisconsin’s Local Redistricting Group is pleased to announce the 2021 Local Redistricting Training Webinar Series.

The Wisconsin Local Redistricting Group consists of the Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB), the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB), and the Applied Population Lab (APL) at UW-Madison.  Below you will find resources and links for the upcoming Local Redistricting Overview with Q&A and Hands-on Software Trainings, as well as the 2020 training webinar recordings. These educational opportunities will help Wisconsin county and municipal governments train for the 2021 local redistricting process. 

2021 Local Redistricting Training Webinars

LTSB will be hosting the following webinars on the local redistricting software “WISE-LR” via Zoom sessions throughout January and February of 2021. All hands-on webinars will cover the entire breadth of the WISE-LR software, however, they will be geared toward a specific role in the process.  The tentative schedule is below: 

Local Redistricting Overview with Question & Answer
  • Webinar Recording: 2021 Local Redistricting Overview
    • This presentation took place on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. It included a lecture portion featuring the LRB and APL, focusing on the principles and laws of local redistricting, the Census, and the resulting Census datasets. It is followed by the Question & Answer portion featuring the LRB, APL, LTSB, and WEC.
    • Intended Participants: Land Information Officers, County Clerks, Municipal Clerks, all local governmental GIS staff
Hands-On WISE-LR Software Trainings:
PowerPoints (PDF Versions):
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
The LRB Guidebook: Redistricting in Wisconsin 2020

WISE-LR Help Documentation

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, municipal ward plans, and aldermanic plans with accurate demographic data. Every Wisconsin County Clerk, County Land Information Officer, and Municipal Clerk will be sent credentials and instructions on how to log-in to the WISE-LR Local Redistricting Software. If you need help using the WISE-LR application, please refer to: WISE-LR Help Documentation.

Local Redistricting Timeline

    • Stage 0 & 1 – Census Block Verification and County Supervisory Districts
      • County Land Information Officers (LIO's) will begin with Stage 0 - Census Block Verification.
      • When Stage 0 is complete, County Clerks will create their Supervisory District Plan(s) for Stage 1. 
    • Stage 2 – Municipal Ward Plans
      • After a Supervisory Plan is approved in Stage 1, participating Municipalities will be alerted to begin drawing their Ward Plans for Stage 2.
    • Stage 3 – Reconciliation of Supervisory Districts and Municipal Wards, (and possibly Aldermanic Districts - Stage A)
      • For Stage 3, both the County and Municipalities will be notified that it is time to reconcile any conflicts between approved ward and supervisory plans.
      • It is recommended that Aldermanic Districts (Stage A) are not created until after all plans are reconciled. 

Note: The actual local redistricting process will kick-off once the Census P.L. 94-171 data is delivered in 2021 and will consist of three 60-day stages.) 

2020 Local Redistricting Training Webinars (Recordings posted below)

LTSB hosted guided live webinars on the local redistricting software “WISE-LR” via Zoom sessions throughout May of 2020. 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. 

Hands-On WISE-LR Training Webinars:

If you have questions about the software or trainings, please contact:

GIS Team
Legislative Technology Services Bureau
(608) 283-1830

If you have questions about the local redistricting process, please contact:

Joseph T. Kreye
Legal Services Manager
Legislative Reference Bureau
(608) 504-5857