By Tim Kowols
Only two Republicans are on record supporting redistricting reform before voters head to the polls in less than two weeks. According to Common Cause Wisconsin, 81 candidates for the Assembly and Senate, including First District State Senator Caleb Frostman, have signed on to support non-partisan redistricting to draw new electoral maps. Legislatures in Republican-held states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and Democratic-led states like Illinois and Maryland are accused of drawing the different boundaries for political gains. One plan, known as the “Iowa Model,” would turn the task to a non-partisan group that would follow strict criteria to create more fair districts. Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck says redistricting should be a voter issue.
Incumbent state Assembly members Todd Novak of Dodgeville and Jon Plumer of Lodi are the only Republicans to sign onto the redistricting reform pledge with Common Cause Wisconsin.