MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers announced the People’s Maps Commission application and selection processes. The People’s Maps Commission was announced at the State of the State address earlier this year, and created by Executive Order #66 to draw Fair Maps to present to the Legislature for consideration for redistricting purposes in 2021. State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) released the following statement in regards to the announcement:
“I believe in sunlight and transparency in the democratic process, and maps that are drawn without secrecy agreements and not behind closed doors. The People’s Maps Commission will seek public input on new legislative maps that are by Wisconsinites, for Wisconsinites.
“We have seen how gerrymandered maps insulate legislators from the voice of the people. The American value of frequent and fair elections is not capable of holding these legislators accountable without fair maps.
“Last year, I authored the Fair Maps bill to create a nonpartisan redistricting process for Wisconsin. I am thankful that Governor Evers supports the bipartisan Fair Maps efforts and is continuing our work in 2020 to promote good government and a fair democracy. After all, voters should get to choose their politicians, politicians should not get to choose their voters.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity for Wisconsinites to use their voices in this redistricting process. The will of the people is the law of the land. The voice of the people is the heart of this state. Forward together.”