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Fair maps referendum approved in Brown and Door counties

Brown and Door counties were among the 11 that passed an advisory referendum Tuesday asking the Wisconsin Legislature to adopt a non-partisan redistricting process. In Door County, 73.6 percent approved the Fair Maps referendum question and 71.92 percent did the same in Brown County. That makes 28 counties in Wisconsin that approved similar referendum questions in the past. Non-partisan redistricting has been an issue Common Cause Wisconsin has championed in recent years, calling for the state to adopt a system similar to Iowa where a non-partisan review board submits a proposal for the legislature to approve. Executive Director Jay Heck says the measure’s support crosses partisan lines.

Heck expects more counties to add a Fair Maps referendum question to its ballots this spring, but believes Tuesday’s result will not have a bearing on 2021 redistricting efforts. Opponents to non-partisan redistricting say it would be unconstitutional and drawing district maps are the duty of the legislature. Other counties that passed the measure include Adams, Bayfield, Crawford, Dunn, Iowa, and Jefferson.

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