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Democrats want statewide vote on redistricting

Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 --- 12:17 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrats in the Wisconsin state Assembly want a statewide vote on creating a new non-partisan system for redrawing political boundary lines.

Republicans, who hold the majority in both the Senate and Assembly, have been unwilling to hold public hearings on a Democratic-sponsored bill that would create a non-partisan process. Democrats on Tuesday introduced a resolution calling for a nonbinding statewide vote on the issue.

However, that would also have to pass both the Senate and Assembly, an unlikely scenario given Republicans' opposition to giving up the authority to redistrict.

Democrats say Republicans abused their power in 2011, drawing lines that protect their majority power and create districts that aren't competitive. Government watchdog groups and newspapers have been calling for creating a new approach that doesn't involve the Legislature.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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