My grandfather was a proud Wisconsinite, WWI veteran, and Democrat. If he were alive today he would be appalled to learn his vote would have less weight in local elections because of Wisconsin’s legislative maps, among the most gerrymandered in the nation.
Gerrymandering—manipulating voting maps to dilute the opposition—has guaranteed Republican control of assembly and senate seats for over a decade, even while Democrats often win statewide elections (e.g., Governor Evers and Senator Baldwin).
Polls show that 87% of Wisconsin voters oppose gerrymandering. They believe in a level playing field. In Michigan, voters passed a referendum in 2018 giving redistricting control to an independent commission. Wisconsin law doesn’t allow voter referendums, but Wisconsin voters may seek redress in the state’s courts.
Two candidates are seeking election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 4 th. One, Dan Kelly, is connected to efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election. The other, Janet Protasiewicz, agrees that the only thing rigged in our election system is gerrymandered voting maps. Vote for democracy. Vote for Janet Protasiewicz on April 4.
Spring election deadline set
Ahead of the April 4 election, we recognize that some local residents want to share their views on candidates and area races, by submitting letters to the editor.
However, as in past years, we’ve set a submission cutoff date for letters to appear in print in the newspaper before the election, and to be posted to the newspaper’s website.
The March 23 edition of the Lake Mills Leader is the last edition of the newspaper in which letters to the editor regarding the April election will be published.
That deadline ensures that, were a published letter deemed inaccurate or unfair, a chance remains for someone targeted in it to respond. While we expect those situations to be rare, it’s important to reserve a week for them.
The newspaper has seen countless letters to the editor submitted in previous election cycles related to the races approaching, and we thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these races.