Fair Maps Arrive in WisconsinAfter Years of Partisan Gerrymandering

MADISON WI — Today, the Wisconsin State Legislature passed the maps Governor Evers sent to the Supreme Court for consideration in Clarke v. WEC. When the Governor signs them, this will be a win for the people of Wisconsin and the fair maps movement. The Governor’s maps dismantle the 2011 partisan gerrymander, which guaranteed a dominant majority in the Legislature and thwarted the will of the people. For more than a decade, these maps have undermined Wisconsin’s progressive governing history, making elected officials unaccountable to their constituents in favor of big money donors and party agendas.

Under the Governor’s maps, Wisconsin voters will pick their elected officials – not the other way around. 

Afraid that the Wisconsin Supreme Court would make things worse for them, the Legislature sent the Governor’s maps back to him for signature. We understand the skepticism of some, but this flawed process has created an opportunity for real change. 

The Governor’s maps are fair. They provide an opportunity for voters to elect responsive representatives, and satisfy the requirements of the Wisconsin Constitution. The voices of Wisconsin voters will no longer be silenced by gerrymandering. They will be heard on the issues they care about. This will make our democracy stronger and more inclusive. 

We call on Governor Evers to sign this bill. Next, the process for redistricting in this state must be addressed and fixed. For far too long, both parties in our state legislature have chosen political gamesmanship over what’s best for the people of Wisconsin. We must work to create a nonpartisan redistricting process that is inclusive and prioritizes people over elected officials. 

“Today, Wisconsin is the true winner,” declared Debra Cronmiller, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and Chair of the Fair Maps Coalition, “For too long, the issues Wisconsinites care deeply about such as school funding, reproductive rights, clean air and water, economic security, and mental and physical health have been ignored by our elected officials while they have worked to ensure tax cuts for the wealthy, regulatory favors for big businesses, and cuts to services and programs needed by Wisconsin’s working families.”

Did you know that Wisconsin has a paper record for every ballot cast?

It’s another part of our election system that ensures transparency, accuracy, and the ability to conduct recounts.  It is a safeguard against any potential errors, tampering, or inconsistencies.

​Did You Receive This Voter Postcard?

The Wisconsin Elections Commission sent a mailing on June 15 to voters who have not voted in the last four years. Voters who receive the mailing will need to take action and respond to the mailing to stay registered to vote. Over 100,000 Wisconsin voters are at risk of being purged from the rolls if they do not respond to the mailing by July 15The postcards are titled “Official Voter Registration Notice“. State law requires the Wisconsin Elections Commission to mail notices to registered voters who have not voted in four years. These voters have 30 days to respond and tell their clerk whether they want to stay on the active voter list. If the voter does not respond or if their mailing is undeliverable, their voter registration will be deactivated. Those voters will need to re-register in order to vote.If anyone you know receives the mailing, be sure to encourage them to act promptly to ensure they stay registered to vote. You can learn more about the mailing here.

National Popular Vote Bills Introduced In Wisconsin

Wisconsin legislators just introduced the NPVIC bill in the WI Senate, and it has been referred to the Committee on Government Operations, Elections, and Consumer Protection.

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (Explanation). It has been enacted into law by 15 states and DC with 195 electoral votes (Map of states). It needs an additional 75 electoral votes to go into effect.What can you do to show your support? Call your legislators!  Tell them you want the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact bills, SB 144 and AB 156, scheduled for public hearings.

States passing NPV legislation is the fastest path forward for every vote in presidential elections to count. States are moving forward.

If this bill is passed in Wisconsin, our 10 electoral votes, along with those of other compact states, will go to the winner of the nationwide popular vote.  Let’s get it done!

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