Dane County Board Chair Analiese Eicher and Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell invite the pubic to apply for a position on Dane County’s Redistricting Commission. The 11-member commission will be appointed this summer by Eicher and McDonell.

County governments must create new county board district boundaries every 10 years, immediately after the federal census.

In 2016, the Dane County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance that created a nonpartisan independent citizen Redistricting Commission. The commission is tasked with submitting at least three draft supervisory district maps to the County Board by no later than May 31, 2021.

There are several criteria that members of the commission need to meet:

– Must be a resident of Dane County.

– May not be a member of the Dane County Board, an employee of Dane County or a contract consultant.

– May not be a lobbyist registered with the Dane County Board,

– May not hold or have held an official position with a political party or partisan organization within the year prior to appointment.

– May not have participated in the State of Wisconsin 2011 partisan redistricting process.

– Must be impartial, which includes refraining from engaging in any political party activity or supporting the election or defeat of any candidate or referendum during their tenure on the commission, and at the time of appointment no intent to seek election to the office of county board supervisor in the spring primary and general election immediately following redistricting.

– Must have a familiarity with maps.

– Must disclose any potential conflict of interest.

Anyone interested in applying needs to complete an application available on the Dane County Planning and Development Department’s website at www.danecountyplanning.com/Projects/Redistricting.

Applications need to be received by Friday, July 31.

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