Great news! Federal judges have just ordered Gov. Walker and the legislature to redraw Assembly districts for the state of Wisconsin. A panel of three judges previously ruled that the 2011 maps drawn by Walker & Republicans were unconstitutional because their hyper-partisan nature trampled on the rights of voters to have a fair say in our democracy. Now, the courts have ordered that new, less partisan Assembly maps be drawn. Redrawing Assembly maps will also impact Senate maps as there are 3 Assembly district in each Senate district.
The new maps must be drawn by November 1, 2017 and be in place for the November 2018 elections.
We’ve seen Scott Walker and his Republican allies attempt every dirty trick in the book to silence voters, consolidate power and retain control. We’ve seen hyper partisan districts (now ruled unconstitutional), early voting locations and hours restricted (partly restored by the court), photo ID laws that disenfranchise voters, campaign finance rules changed so dark money can flow in and even our government watchdog ethics board dismantled.
CALL TO ACTION: Right now, with the new court decision, the momentum is shifting! We need qualified candidates to step up and run for office. Candidates who share our working-class values and are ready to fight special interests in order to raise wages, restore collective bargaining rights and fight for safe work places. We need union members and union supporters to consider a run for office.
Our democracy works best when all people have an equal say in who represents them. Scott Walker and Republicans are starting to be held accountable for rigging the rules and stacking the deck against the people. Let’s continue to hold them accountable to working families.