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May 31, 2020

3/10/2020 7:30:00 AM
Reader supports Fair Maps referendum question

Dear Editor,

On April 7 we will be going to the polls to cast votes for not only for who we want to represent us but how we want to be represented.

Over a dozen communities in the Northwoods will have referendum questions advising our State representatives to change the way we draw district maps and to take the influence of dark money out of politics. The Fair Maps referendum asks that our districts be created by a nonpartisan commission working with 2020 census information and recognizing that maps should not be drawn to benefit one political party over another. The referendum asking to overturn Citizens United gives voice to the concern that money equates to speech. Our democracy should not be sold to the highest bidders.

Equitable representation requires a level playing field and we are seeing more and more money being poured into campaigns than ever before.

I urge you to vote yes on both referendum questions if they appear on your ballot. If you don't see them, ask your local elected officials in your towns and villages why you were not given the opportunity to vote along with your neighbors on April 7.

Steven Schreier, Rhinelander

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