The inhabitants of Eau Claire are mobilizing for fair cards
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — People braved the cold Friday to ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to draw some fair legislative maps.
They took part in a rally outside the Eau Claire County government center demanding an end to gerrymandering. It is a practice in which politicians draw legislative boundaries that favor a political party.
“This is unbelievable. Temperatures in the single digits and people are so concerned about their democracy that they always show up on a cold day on a sidewalk and rally for fair cards, for a just government and for a working legislature. for them,” State Sen. Jeff Smith, D.-City of Brunswick, says.
The justices took charge of the redistricting after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and state lawmakers failed to agree on new maps.
Before the redrawing went to court, Evers appointed a nonpartisan panel known as “The People’s Maps Commission”.
Legislative Republicans sent their own proposal to Evers. He vetoed it.
Now the court will decide. He set criteria, including making the fewest changes to the current map, moving the least number of people, and keeping communities together.
Smith, a longtime opponent of gerrymandering, said the current maps, which were passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, gerrymandering to benefit the GOP. He said the practice broke the state government.
“We are here because we need fair cards,” he said. “We are here because gerrymandering has had such a negative impact on our government, on our government and on our constituents.”
The state Supreme Court is expected to release the new maps in the coming weeks.
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