‘At least pay for your own lawyer’

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I don’t understand why our state legislature can get away with hiring private lawyers, at taxpayer expense, to defend their unconstitutional gerrymandering of voting districts.

A judge has already ruled their redistricting plan to be unconstitutional. They’ve been ordered to come up with a new plan that is fair to all voters. But they think they can just hire expensive lawyers to get a higher court to go along with their unfair plan; and stick us with the bill.

Republicans got control of the legislature in 2010. Since then they have spent 2.1 million dollars of taxpayer money to create their redistricting plan and defend it in court. How much more do we have to pay to keep Republicans in power?

In 2012, Democratic candidates for the state legislature won 174,000 more votes than Republican candidates, but because of the way Republicans gerrymandered the districts, they only won 39 of the 99 seats. This is very wrong. Our electoral system is broken.

If Republicans want to stay in power forever and destroy our democracy, they should at least have to pay for their own lawyers. But, more importantly, we need a fair, nonpartisan, redistricting plan so all voters have a chance.

Barbara Seguin

Beloit

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