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'Yes' vote on Tuesday's referendum is vote for better government

Published On: Mar 30 2014 11:03:18 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2014 11:17:25 AM CDT

It isn't always we get a ready-made motivational tool to get you to consider voting in the spring election, which is Tuesday. Voters in Dane County will find an advisory referendum question on the ballot in which a “yes” vote means you support reform of how district lines are drawn.

It isn’t always the case that we get a ready-made, bonus motivational tool to get residents to consider voting in the Spring election which, by the way, is Tuesday. But in addition to the by now familiar refrain of how important local elections are, especially school boards – think about it for a minute – Tuesday’s election is also an opportunity for voters to be heard on arguably the most important issue of electoral democracy, good government and fair play facing this state right now – redistricting reform.

On Tuesday’s ballot in Dane County voters will find an advisory referendum question in which a “yes” vote means you support reform of how district lines are drawn. Not just at the state level where lawmakers have refused to schedule reform bills for hearings, but right here in Dane County where liberals have resisted reform.

A “yes” vote then is as non-partisan as a vote can be, an endorsement of better politics and better government over money and power. If that doesn’t get you to the polls Tuesday we don’t know what would.

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