Gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries. It’s been around since 1812 and has been used by both parties to unfairly maintain their political power.
The fundamental principle of an authentic democracy is that there should be one person, one vote; that every vote is equal; and that people select their representatives, instead of politicians selecting their voters. But here in Wisconsin, politicians have carved our state into districts that maximize their power and snub the will of people.
The move to ban partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin continues to gather momentum. Currently, 48 county boards have passed resolutions in favor of nonpartisan redistricting, and 8 counties have passed referendums, all by lopsided margins.
A recent Marquette Law School poll showed that 72 percent of Wisconsinites want to ban gerrymandering in Wisconsin. And that includes 63 percent of Republicans, and 76 percent of Independents.
Clearly, this issue crosses party lines. People are sick and tired of the way gerrymandering rigs politics in our state.
The citizens of Wisconsin are saying, loudly and clearly, that they want to end gerrymandering NOW!