Fair Maps group plans rally at courthouse in Port Friday

By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

A rally is planned at the historic courthouse in downtown Port Washington at noon Friday to help drum up support for the fair maps movement in Wisconsin.

The rally, organized by the Fair Maps Coalition, will be one of many throughout the state held at noon Friday.

Wisconsin’s new voting district maps are before the state Supreme Court, and organizers want to keep the issue in front of the public’s eye, organizers said.

Deborah Patel of North Shore Fair Maps, one of several speakers slated to address the rally, said fair maps and an end to gerrymandering is a cause that everyone should be able to support.

“It’s not a political party thing,” she said. “All across the state and across the political divide, the citizens, the voters are concerned. The message of the rally is a fair court would end partisan gerrymandering. 

“Votes have to count.”

And when districts are drawn to ensure one party or the other continues to stay in control, there’s no reason for legislators to listen to voters, Patel said.

“If they’re guaranteed to be re-elected, they really don’t have a reason to listen to you,” she said.

“If you think about it, all the things you’re voting on have an impact on the things we care most about — roads, schools, health care, the quality of the air you breathe and the water you drink.”

Fair maps would help ensure that the governor and legislators work together and help end the current impasse, Patel added.

“Often now, you can’t even get things out of committee,” she said. 

Other speakers expected at the rally include Christy Schwan, president of the Ozaukee County League of Women Voters, and Rep. Deb Andraca, who last year introduced a fair maps bill.

Because temperatures Friday are expected to be in the 20s, Patel said, the rally may only last about 30 minutes.

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