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Referendum questions

April 16, 2020

To the Editor:


Will my April 7 ballot have non-binding referendums?

Yes, if you live in Eagle River, Arbor Vitae, Boulder Junction, Lac du Flambeau, Manitowish Waters, Phelps, Plum Lake, Presque Isle, and Winchester in Vilas County and  in Rhinelander, Pine Lake, Crescent, Pelican, Woodruff, Hazelhurst, Lake Tomahawk and Newbold in Oneida County. 


What are the questions?

‘Should Wisconsin legislature create a nonpartisan procedure for preparation of legislative and congressional redistricting maps after each census?’  and  ‘Should the U S Constitution be amended to state that only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights (not corporations, unions, nonprofits or other artificial entities) and that money is not speech, and therefore limiting political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting speech?’ Plum Lake and Newbold will have only this one question.


How can I learn more about the questions?  

Attend Information meetings for the public  with speaker Matt Rothschild  on Thursday, March 19 at the  Rhinelander City Hall at 10 a.m.; Eagle River Olson Library at 2 p.m., and Woodruff Town Hall at 6 p.m.


How did referenda come to be on the ballot?

Both  initiatives  arose from non-partisan  ‘grassroots’ volunteer  efforts.   The Fair Elections Project came about to replace Wisconsin’s partisan voting map drawing  by whichever political party controls the legislature at the time  with a non-partisan process similar to what Iowa has used  for  decades.  United To Amend  formed ten years ago  urging a   constitutional amendment to overturn the US  Supreme Court’s  ‘Citizen United’ decision  that ruled corporations and unions have the same free speech guarantee that humans have and that money is speech. That ruling did away with the campaign donation limitations of the McCain/Feingold Law.


Kay Hoff

Lac du Flambeau


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