Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Don't Miss This August 17th Statewide Webinar on Redistricting and Ending Gerrymandering in Wisconsin

Tuesday - August 10, 2021

Join Sen. Jeff Smith, Rep. Deb Andraca, Others & You, the Voters of Wisconsin!

There is just one week to go before for our special event on redistricting reform and ending gerrymandering in Wisconsin!

Common Cause Wisconsin is hosting a statewide webinar on the state’s redistricting process on Tuesday, August 17 beginning at 6:00 PM - Central Time. A panel of democracy reform leaders and elected officials, including State Senator Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) and State Representative Deb Andraca (D-Whitefish Bay), will discuss the introduction of redistricting reform measures this session that put people before politicians and how to end partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin (Senate Bill 389 / Assembly Bill 395). 

Additionally, Law Forward attorney Mel Barnes will present legal perspectives on the current happenings with regard to the battle for nonpartisan, transparent maps for Wisconsin and what the new Census data will mean and former State Representative Penny Bernard Schaber (D-Appleton) will share the progress and challenges of the grassroots efforts in Wisconsin to make redistricting reform a reality.

Redistricting happens once a decade. It is the process the state legislature uses to draw new congressional and state legislative districts that reflect the changing population data from the previous year’s U.S. Census count. The process is supposed to ensure that even as our communities grow and change, every citizen will have equal representation in government.

In 2011, the last redistricting cycle, state legislators engaged in partisan gerrymandering, giving their party a vastly unfair electoral advantage. A recent study found that Wisconsin is the most gerrymandered state in the nation in the last 42 years! We can and must do much better than that in 2021-22!

What: Redistricting Reform Webinar Hosted by Common Cause Wisconsin

When: Tuesday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m. CT

Who: Expert panelists include:
  • Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin State Senator Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire)
  • Wisconsin State Representative Deb Andraca (D-Whitefish Bay)
  • Former Wisconsin State Representative Penny Bernard Schaber (D-Appleton)
  • Mel Barnes, Attorney, Law Forward

Where: Zoom webinar. Click here to register.

I hope you will join us and get up-to-date information on this crucial process that will impact our state, Wisconsinites, and the issues that are important to us over the next ten years. And please share this invitation with others. This event is free and open to the public.

In addition to joining us on August 17th, please also be sure to contact your own State Senator and you State Representative and demand that they support and co-sponsor Senate Bill 389/Assembly Bill 395.

Thanks to you, we have made enormous progress over the last decade to advance public support for the adoption of the "Iowa Model" non partisan redistricting system for Wisconsin and for fair voting maps. We can and will prevail in this critical fight for democracy and equal representation under the law!

We are so looking forward to seeing you on August 17th!

Jay Heck
CC/WI Executive Director


Jay Heck
608/256-2686 (office)
608/512-9363 (cell)

Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 Johnson St, Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703

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