MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today delivered the Democratic Radio Address on The People’s Maps Commission. This commission will provide a transparent and nonpartisan redistricting option for the state of Wisconsin.
Hi, folks. Governor Tony Evers here.
When I ran for governor, I promised the people of this state that I would fight for nonpartisan redistricting and fair, impartial maps that were drawn in the light of day, and by golly, we’re going to make good on that promise.
Because I believe, and I know Wisconsinites do too, that the people should get to choose their elected officials, not the other way around.
In fact, 51 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties support a nonpartisan redistricting process.
Folks, the Legislature has had every opportunity to take up nonpartisan redistricting reform, but they’ve failed to act.
That’s why, following my State of the State Address earlier this year, we created The People’s Maps Commission to provide a transparent and nonpartisan redistricting option for the state of Wisconsin.
This committee will be comprised of the people of our state— not elected officials, lobbyists, or political party officials— and they will represent each one of Wisconsin’s congressional districts.
They will hold public hearings across the state to hear from their neighbors, experts, and stakeholders on the redistricting process and use that input to draw maps free of bias. Then, it will be up to the Legislature to take up and pass The People’s Maps.
Folks, this isn’t a Democratic or Republican redistricting commission, and it’s not the Tony Evers redistricting commission.
It’s your commission. If you would like to apply to serve on the commission or to learn more, please visit: www.wisconsin.gov/peoplesmaps.
Thank you so much.