To the editor:

I want to thank Senate District #14 Candidate Joni Anderson for pledging to support and advance nonpartisan redistricting (Fair Maps) in Wisconsin in 2021. By voting for her, we can all send a message that we want to end gerrymandering.

When you contact your state legislator about something important to you, are you listened to? Do you get a response? Do they vote the way you asked? Or does it seem as though their votes are dictated instead by party leaders and their donors? For the past 10 years, the condition of our roads, health care, water, economy, schools have all depended on decisions made by legislators who were elected from gerrymandered districts.

To illustrate, in 2018, though Democrats got 190,000 more votes than Republicans, Republicans were awarded 63 of the 99 Assembly seats. That’s because in 2011, Republicans packed 30 Assembly districts with Democrats, and drew the remaining 69 districts so Democrats would have slim to no chance of winning an election there.

No political party should be able to manipulate voting maps to keep their party in office for the foreseeable future. When maps are drawn fairly, legislators will have to pay attention to We the People, rather than to their party leaders and big donors.

Joni Anderson understands the urgency of passing a nonpartisan redistricting bill by June 30, 2021, so we can be sure the next redistricting process results in fair maps for the following decade. Please vote for Joni Anderson and Fair Maps.

— Janie Riebe

McFarland, Wis.

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