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52 of 99 Assembly seats will go uncontested in November election

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MADISON (WKOW) -- More than half of the candidates running for State Assembly will not face a general election opponent in November.

52 of the 99 districts feature candidates from only one party, with 29 Republicans and 23 Democrats running unopposed. 

It is that type of uncompetitive democracy in Wisconsin that has several different groups calling for redistricting reform, including Common Cause Wisconsin.  Executive Director Jay Heck has repeatedly asked legislative leaders to pass a bill that would create a non-partisan redistricting board.

In Wisconsin, the state legislature controls the drawing of new legislative and congressional district maps every ten years.  After gaining a majority in both houses in 2010, Republicans were able to redraw the maps to be more in their favor in 2011.

Separate Assembly and Senate bills introduced by Democrats in the last legislative session never got a public hearing from Republican leaders.  But in 2009, Democratic legislative leaders declined to pass a similar bill.

The State Senate is far more competitive, with only candidates in three of 33 districts running unopposed.  But critics have argued more equitable maps would allow most of those districts and the state's seven congressional districts to be more competitive.
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