Upcoming Redistricting Training Opportunities!

Wisconsin’s Local Redistricting Group, consisting of the Legislative Technology Services Bureau, the Legislative Reference Bureau, and UW-Madison’s Applied Population Lab, are pleased to announce the Local Redistricting Training Webinar Series. Below you will find registration links for hands-on training, a question & answer town hall, and participation in the pilot dress rehearsal. These educational opportunities are intended to replace the March regional-located training workshops that were cancelled due to the Coronavirus. This is a great opportunity to prepare for local redistricting in 2021.

Hands-On WISE-LR Training Webinars

LTSB is hosting guided two-hour live webinars on the local redistricting software “WISE-LR” via four Zoom sessions at 9:30 AM on May 5th, 7th, 12th & 14th. WISE-LR is a web application developed by the LTSB specifically for the state statutes of Wisconsin and local redistricting laws in 2021. WISE-LR will allow local officials, or their delegates, to create, analyze, and share county supervisory plans, ward plans, and aldermanic plans with accurate demographic data.

Webinar attendees must pre-register to reserve a spot as there is a limited capacity for the meeting. Each session will be recorded and posted online, and additional sessions may be added in the future if necessary. Each session will cover the entire breadth of the WISE-LR software, however, now unrestricted by physical presence, they will each be geared toward a specific role in the process.

Please click the appropriate link below to register:


Pre-Recorded Presentations (On or before April 30th)

On or before April 30th, the Local Redistricting Group will post the following pre-recorded presentations to this page:

  • US Census and Demographic Data: UW-Madison Applied Population Laboratory (APL)
  • Principles and Laws of Local Redistricting: Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB)
  • Local Redistricting Software “WISE-LR” and Pilot: Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB)

Open WISE-LR Training Window (Open on April 30th)

Every Wisconsin County Clerk, County Land Information Officer, and Municipal Clerk will be sent credentials and instructions on how to log in to the WISE-LR local redistricting software. Users are encouraged to explore the software at their leisure through 2020 with the exception of training, pilot, and maintenance windows. This period is purely for training purposes only. The underlying data will not be valid for use in an actual plan, and plans created in this period may be deleted at any time without prior warning. LTSB staff will be available to answer any support questions.


Question & Answer Town Hall with LRB, APL, and LTSB (1:00 PM on May 20th)

The Wisconsin Local Redistricting Group, consisting of the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB), the Applied Population Lab (APL) at UW-Madison, and the Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB), is hosting a Town Hall via a Zoom session at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM on Wednesday, May 20th.

This interactive webinar is geared towards answering questions about the local redistricting software, the pilot, the principles and laws of local redistricting, the Census, and the resulting Census datasets. This session will be open to anyone from a local government with a role in the process. The town hall will be recorded and posted online.

Please register here to attend the Local Redistricting Q&A Town Hall


Local Redistricting Pilot (June 1st to July 12th)

The Local Redistricting Pilot is an inter-governmental dress rehearsal of the 2021 local redistricting process. The rehearsal is on a reduced timescale in order to accommodate a busy election year for clerks, so instead of three 60-day phases, the pilot will consist of three 14-day phases. The purpose of the pilot is for participants to learn their role, the roles and participants of other related governments, and to practice using the software. Additional details and instructions for the pilot will be provided to participants.

Please register here to participate in the Local Redistricting Pilot


If you have questions about the training webinars, local redistricting software, or pilot, please contact:

LTSB GIS Team

Legislative Technology Services Bureau

GIS@legis.wisconsin.gov

(608) 283-1830

If you have questions about the local redistricting process, please contact:

Joseph T. Kreye

Legal Services Manager

Legislative Reference Bureau

Joseph.Kreye@legis.wisconsin.gov

(608) 504-5857

One Comment on “Upcoming Redistricting Training Opportunities!

  1. Any chance you will be offering a third session for the Municipalities? My municipality tried to register shortly after it was announced and both sessions were already at capacity.