Vruwink requests public hearing on bill to end gerrymandering

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Jim Dayton
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MADISON—State Rep. Don Vruwink, D-Milton, has requested a public hearing on a bill that would end gerrymandering.

The bill, co-authored by Vruwink, would give the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau full power over the redistricting process. Vruwink believes that would reduce partisanship and create a state Legislature more reflective of its constituents, according to a news release.

He cited vote totals in the 2012 election, when 1.4 million Democrats and 1.2 million Republicans went to the polls. Republicans still earned advantages that year, with a 60 to 39 edge in the Assembly and a 20 to 13 edge in the Senate, according to the release.

Vruwink blamed gerrymandering, which involves one political party redrawing legislative districts so that they favor that party.

He said he hoped compact, contiguous legislative districts drawn by the Legislative Reference Bureau would give voters more electoral choice, according to the release.

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