GOP Kicks Off Map Manipulation Mayhem
Sen. Smith’s Statement on Local Redistricting Bill
MADISON – Today, Senate Republicans passed legislation that would delay the redistricting process in Wisconsin. Sen. Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) released the following statement in response:
“Wisconsinites have every reason to be skeptical of this bill, knowing Republicans’ power-hungry history. Over the last decade, Republicans have consistently turned a blind eye to the needs of local governments and the will of the People. Republican efforts to delay redistricting cement their longstanding reputation of ignoring Wisconsinites’ voices in order to cling to power.
“Fair maps must be our future – it is the only way we can guarantee transparency in our government and confidence in our democracy.”
In May, Sen. Smith introduced legislation to create a nonpartisan redistricting process in Wisconsin. Republicans have repeatedly rejected calls for nonpartisan redistricting reform despite the fact that a majority of Wisconsinites support this idea. As of this April, 55 counties, representing 83% of all Wisconsin residents, have passed resolutions urging legislators to support nonpartisan redistricting reform. There have been 32 counties that have held referenda on nonpartisan redistricting reform and they have passed with an average of 70% of the vote.