Sen. Smith's Statement on the People's Maps Commission
MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers announced the official application and selection processes for The People’s Maps Commission, the nonpartisan redistricting commission to redraw Wisconsin’s electoral district maps.
Governor Evers announced the Commission during the State of the State Address and later signed Executive Order #66 to create The People’s Maps Commission. The Commission will have nine voting members who will be chosen by the Selection Panel, which includes three retired judges. The Commission will hold public hearings across the state to receive input from Wisconsinites on legislative redistricting. Once data from the U.S. Census Bureau is released, the Commission is responsible for drafting a set of maps. Following this process, the Legislature will select a map created by The People’s Maps Commission or draft their own map.
Applications to serve as a member of The People’s Maps Commission will be accepted until July 31st, 2020. More information about the Commission and the application is available here.
Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) shared the following statement regarding today’s announcement:
“I’m excited to see the idea of a nonpartisan redistricting committee finally become a reality with today’s announcement. The People’s Maps Commission will offer the opportunity for Wisconsin to end map manipulation, force candidates to listen to the public and provide a fair system for our democratic process.
“As I’ve said all along, Wisconsinites deserve transparency in their government. This starts by allowing the People to create fair maps and choose their elected officials. Rather than turn up their noses, Republicans should support this fair, nonpartisan process and trust the people of Wisconsin to make these decisions.
“I encourage all those interested in being a part of the People’s Maps Commission to learn more and apply. It’s time for the People to be engaged and for their voices to be heard.”