Next year, Wisconsin will begin redrawing legislative and congressional district lines. The once-every-decade process uses returns from the U.S. Census to redistrict voters throughout the state.
The effort is often bogged down in bureaucratic and political machinations — as lawmakers jockey for the ability to choose their voters for the next decade.
This year, in an effort to curtail a political skirmish, the state has empaneled a nine-member, non-partisan People’s Map Commission to recommend fair and impartial district lines for Wisconsin.
For more on the Commission, and the steps Wisconsin is taking to ensure fair district lines, WORT Producer Jonah Chester spoke with Jordan Ellenberg, a Professor of Mathematics at UW-Madison.
In addition to providing testimony for the commission at its meeting tomorrow evening, Ellenberg also has a forthcoming book titled “Shape” that, in part, takes a look at gerrymandering and redistricting throughout the nation.
(PHOTO: Wisconsin Congressional Districts)