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District maps remain on radar

Nine other counties could join Door County in their support of changing the way the state draws its district voting maps. Voters in Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Pierce, Portage, Rock, Trempealeau, and Wood counties will weigh in at the April elections on whether the state should lean on its legislators or a non-partisan committee when it comes to deciding where boundaries start and end. Proponents say it is the only way to have fair elections again after alleged gerrymandering occurred after the last census, making some districts not competitive for the last decade. Opponents to the move say it is unconstitutional to take redistricting out of Legislature’s hands. Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck believes that is not exactly the case.

Currently over 50 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, including, Brown, Door, and Manitowoc, have passed resolutions in support of fair maps. A bipartisan group of legislators including local Rep. Joel Kitchens has signed onto a bill in support of a non-partisan group drawing the district lines for approval.

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