We would like to thank members of the Polk County Board of Supervisors for listening to their constituents (Polk County Voters Concerned about Gerrymandering) and passing two resolutions in support of nonpartisan redistricting (fair maps) at their January, 2021 meeting.

Not only did the Board pass an Advisory Nonpartisan Redistricting Resolution, but they made a decision that Polk County voters deserve to have a voice on this important issue by adding an Advisory Nonpartisan Redistricting Referendum on the April, 2021 ballot.

The referendum will ask voters to answer yes or no to the question: Should the Wisconsin legislature create a nonpartisan procedure for the preparation of legislative and congressional district plans and maps? YES ____NO ____

With this timely action by the Board, Polk County joins 54 other counties in Wisconsin that have passed Fair Maps resolutions and ensures that Polk County voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on this vital issue before the Wisconsin State Legislature approves new maps for state and congressional voting district boundaries later this year.

These maps, revised every ten years after the national census, determine how we the people of Wisconsin are represented in state and federal elections for the next decade. Both political parties, when in the majority, have gerrymandered voting district maps to their own advantage. We have the opportunity in 2021 to end this undemocratic practice.    

We appreciate that the Polk County Board of Supervisors has taken a stand in support of fair maps and is giving the voters of Polk County the opportunity to send a strong clear message to the State Legislature that they have had enough of politicians rigging future elections through gerrymandering and want fair, nonpartisan voting district maps in 2021.

 

Irene Bugge

On behalf of Polk County Voters Concerned about Gerrymandering

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