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People's maps commission seeks public comment  


Story By Maya Reese
Regional News Published 01/21/2021 2:21PM, Last Updated 01/21/2021 2:33PM
Madison - The People's Maps Commission will hold a  virtual  public hearing  at 5:30p.m.  on  Thurs., Jan. 28, to seek public input on the upcoming redistricting  of legislative  maps from constituents of Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.  Although the Jan. 28 hearing will focus on the  7th Congressional District, all Wisconsin residents are encouraged to watch and participate. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing must register in advance by visiting the People's Maps Commission website by clicking  HERE.  

The hearing is the  Commission's fifth  in a series of at least eight meetings, one for each one of Wisconsin's eight congressional  districts.

The  virtual  public hearing will include testimony from subject matter experts and also provide Wisconsinites the opportunity to express how they have been affected by legislative redistricting and share their ideas for how Wisconsin can work together to achieve fair maps.        

The deadline for  registering to comment during this hearing is 5:00 p.m.  Tues., Jan. 26.  Each speaker  will have  three minutes  to speak. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with  priority to  residents of Wisconsin's  7th  Congressional District. 

For anyone unable to join  the virtual hearing, written comments are strongly encouraged.  Written comments  can be submitted at any time using the feedback form available on the People's Maps Commission website by clicking  HERE. Written comments will be reviewed by the commissioners and are public record. 

Selected by a  three judge  panel, the Commission is a nine-member nonpartisan redistricting commission charged with drawing fair, impartial maps for the state of Wisconsin.  More information about the Commission, its members and its activities is available by clicking HERE. 

Every 10 years, each state redraws their legislative and congressional districts using data from the decennial census. In addition to the data from the 2020 U.S. Census, the Commission will use information gathered during the public hearing process to prepare new maps.  It  will  then  be  up to the Legislature to take up and approve the maps created by the Commission. 

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the People's Maps Commission will host  virtual public hearings  for each of Wisconsin's  eight  congressional districts. Agendas and additional details will be announced in advance of future meeting dates. The hearing dates are as follows: 

The hearing dates are as follows: 
  • Thursday, January 28th – 7th Congressional District
  • Thursday, February 11 – 1st Congressional District
  • Thursday, February 25th - 6th Congressional District
  • Thursday, March 11 - 2nd Congressional District
Individuals interested in watching previous hearings can find the recordings by clicking HERE
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