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Redistricting reform to be Oct. 28 public forum topic

| Julie Poquette

"Getting to Fair Voting Maps" will be the topic of a free public forum to be presented from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 28 in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“Redistricting for partisan advantage, otherwise known as gerrymandering, stacks the electoral deck in favor of one party over another," said Dr. Rodd Freitag, UW-Eau Claire professor of political science and the moderator of the forum. "As a result, our elections become less competitive, our elected officials more extreme, and the power of the individual voter is diminished.”

Former state senators Dale Schultz, a Republican from Richland Center, and Tim Cullen, a Democrat from Janesville, will be speakers at the forum, which is presented by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

Forum discussion topics will include:

  • Is redistricting a partisan issue?
  •  What is wrong with “safe districts”?
  •  Who should draw our voting maps?
  •  What will it take to bring about reform?

The UW-Eau Claire political science department, Common Cause in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign are co-sponsors of the forum.

For more information about the "Getting to Fair Voting Maps" forum or the topic of redistricting, contact Dr. Rodd Freitag, professor of political science, at 715-836-5044 or

Photo caption: Dr. Rodd Freitag, professor of political science, will moderate the "Getting to Fair Voting Maps" forum Oct. 28 at UW-Eau Claire.