Wisconsin Elections Commission Issues Clerk Communication Regarding Legislative Districts

Posted By: Jennifer Borlick Industry, Legislative,

On April 20, the Wisconsin Elections Commission issued a memorandum to municipal and county clerks impacted by the Legislative maps that were adopted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 15 explaining next steps and providing answers to Frequently Asked Questions. WEC staff will implement the legislative districts in WisVote, including temporary wards and district combos created from the new maps, as soon as possible but likely the week of April 25.

Clerks should work with their local governing bodies to determine permanent ward labels and submit those through the WISE-Decade system by May 25, so that WEC staff have time to work with the submitted data-set for implementation after the nomination paper filing deadline. WEC staff will then update WisVote with the permanent ward labels on June 2.

The counties of Brown, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Dane, Dodge, Douglas, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Marathon, Milwaukee, Monroe, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Portage, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Winnebago and Wood have wards in various municipalities that are split by the legislative maps.

There will be a webinar on Tuesday, April 26 at 9:30 am to review the memo and take questions. The Legislative Technology Services Bureau and the Legislative References Bureau will also be on hand to answer questions.

Topic: Redistricting Forum on Wards Split by Legislative Districts
When: Tuesday April 26, 2022 9:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Please click here to join the webinar at the appropriate time.
Passcode: 468140
Webinar ID: 837 1301 3493

Links to the datasets are below:

Congressional Districts – 2021 (Johnson v. WEC)
Assembly Districts – 2021 (Johnson v. WEC)
Senate Districts – 2021 (Johnson v. WEC)
Redistricting Wards – 2021 (Johnson v. WEC)
Redistricting Blocks – 2021 (Johnson v. WEC)

If you have additional questions on what is required for WisVote, please email the Wisconsin Elections
Commission HelpDesk or call (608)261-2028.

If you have additional questions on how to use WISE-Decade, please contact the Legislative Technology
Services Bureau.

If you have additional questions on the statutory obligations of this process, please consult your local counsel who may consult with the Legislative Reference Bureau.