The process by which electoral districts are drawn can dramatically impact the fairness of local and state elections. State legislators in the majority party are able to exercise their power to shift district lines in their favor to ensure a desired result in future elections. Gerrymandering has become a refined practice of excluding and including … Continue reading How you can advocate for fair redistricting in Wisconsin
Gerrymandering is the drawing of representational districts to create an unfair political advantage for one party, but how do legislators know who you voted for or what party you belong to when drawing those districts in order to create a political advantage? Today, political mapmaking is a multimillion-dollar enterprise that uses big data and computer … Continue reading Big data’s role in supercharging gerrymandering
Redistricting is the process by which congressional and state legislative district boundaries are drawn. District lines are redrawn every 10 years to adjust to changing populations following the collection of the US Census data. The demographics of a district often determines who its citizens elect as their representatives, which leaves redrawing districts vulnerable to gerrymandering … Continue reading People’s Maps Commission: The effort to bring fair electoral maps to Wisconsin
Three of the elections Oshkosh residents voted for this year may see some shifts in their representative body. Our congressional representative, state senator, and assembly representative will be subject to the redistricting process over the next year. With the collection of the census data every 10 years, states redraw the boundaries of their electoral districts … Continue reading 3 things you should know about gerrymandering
On an election map of Winnebago County, Oshkosh typically stands out like a blue island in a sea of red. Like many urban areas in the country, the city of Oshkosh tends to lean heavily democratic in presidential and local elections, while the surrounding rural areas remain securely republican. “Across the state, the big divide … Continue reading How demographics affect the way Oshkosh votes in general elections
Republican incumbent for Wisconsin's 18th senate district Dan Feyen beat out upcomer, Democrat Aaron Wojciechowski and is getting ready to serve his second term in office. The newly reelected state senator addressed plans for his upcoming term and measures to improve the local economy affected by the pandemic. This conservation has been edited for clarity … Continue reading Meet 18th district state senator: Q&A with Dan Feyen
Oshkosh residents voted in favor of $115 million in funding for the Oshkosh Area School District to build two new schools and maintain educational opportunities for its students. The ballot contained two school referendum questions: an operational referendum to renew educational operations, and a capital referendum to build a new elementary and middle school and … Continue reading 5 things residents need to know about the Oshkosh Area School District referendums that passed Tuesday
Election Day is only a few days out, and while media attention swirls around Donald Trump and Joe Biden, there are other important races that you'll see on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Graphic by Sophia Voight Every four years voters across the state have the opportunity to elect their respective county register of deeds. As a smaller, local elected position, the register of deeds office doesn’t attract the same attention in general elections as the more glamorous presidential and congressional campaigns. Because of this you likely mulled … Continue reading What is the register of deeds and what role does it play in local government?