By Tim Kowols
With Republicans holding the Legislature and Democrats grasping all of the state’s constitutional officer positions, a compromise on redistricting may be on the way. Common Cause Wisconsin Director Jay Heck says the partisan voting maps drawn in 2011 were partly to blame for only one incumbent losing their election Tuesday night despite Democrats being elected U.S. Senator, Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer. With census maps being set to be redrawn in 2021, Heck believes now is the time to compromise on redistricting reform since alternatives may not appease either party.
Common Cause Wisconsin has advocated state officials to adopt the “Iowa model” for redistricting, which would allow a non-partisan group to redraw the maps based on certain criteria before submitting them for Legislature approval.