By Tim Kowols
Government watchdog groups like Common Cause Wisconsin hope state legislatures turn to Iowa for guidance when it comes to drawing its district maps. Unlike many states, Iowa relies on a non-partisan panel to draw district boundaries based on certain criteria before submitting plans for Legislative approval. Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck says the strategy helps eliminate states from becoming gerrymandered for political gain.
According to Ballotpedia, four states rely solely on independent commissions for congressional redistricting. Four states, including Iowa, count on the help of advisory commissions before submitting their plans to their state Legislatures for final approval. In the coming weeks, we will ask the candidates for the 1st Assembly and Senate Districts for their thoughts on the Iowa Reapportionment model.