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Democrats push for redistricting proposal again, Governor Evers on board

MADISON (WKOW) — There’s another push to redraw Wisconsin’s legislative maps before the 2020 census. A group of Democratic lawmakers re-introduced a proposal to allow a non-partisan agency to draw new maps instead of lawmakers. 

Democrats are trying to gain support for this proposal which would require the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau to draw boundaries. The chances of this proposal making it through the legislature are low. For years, Republican leaders have never assigned the proposal to a committee hearing. 

Governor Evers said he plans to advocate for redistricting the rest of the year and will attempt to make the term “gerrymandering” a thing of the past. 

“The vast majority of people in the most recent Marquette Law School Poll indicated they wanted fair maps so let’s start the conversation, let’s get that done,” said Evers.

Democratic voters filed a federal lawsuit in 2015 alleging the boundaries drawn by Republicans were unconstitutional, but just last month the U.S. Supreme court ruled that gerrymandering lawsuits don’t belong in federal court.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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