LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) – Wisconsin voters braved the cold weather Friday to call on the State Supreme Court to draw fair legislative maps. RepresentUs and the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition put together 16 rallies across the state Friday, as lawmakers decide on voting maps that will be in effect for the next decade.

The goal of the rallies, held in areas including Eau Claire and the Coulee Region, was to call for the end to gerrymandering–a practice in which politicians draw legislative boundaries that favor one political party.

“This is amazing. Single-digit temperatures and people are so concerned about their democracy their still showing up on a cold day on a sidewalk and rallying for fair maps, for a just government and for a legislature that works for them,” State Sen. Jeff Smith, D-Town of Brunswick, said outside the Eau Claire County Government Center.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and state legislators failed to agree upon new maps. Evers appointed a non-partisan panel known as “The People’s Maps Commission.” Legislative Republicans sent their own proposal to Evers. He vetoed it.

As it stands now, the Republican-controlled House and Senate approved legislative and congressional maps in November, only to have them vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Evers, instead, appointed his own panel known as “The People’s Maps Commission.”

Now, the Court will decide what the new maps will look like.

“We’re hoping to draw attention to the Supreme Court, and just let them know that Wisconsinites are paying attention,” Connor Glassen, rally organizer in the Coulee Region, said. “We’re alert, we’re aware, and we are watching.”

The Wisconsin Supreme Court set criteria including making the fewest changes from the current map, moving the fewest people and keeping communities together.

Smith, a longtime opponent of gerrymandering, said the current maps, which were passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed into law by then Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, gerrymandered to benefit the GOP. He said the practice has broken the state government.

“We’re here because we need fair maps,” he said. “We’re here because gerrymandering has had such a negative impact on our government, on our governing and on our voters.”

State Sen. Brad Pfaff attended a rally in La Crosse’s Cameron Park, urging for balanced voting practices through fair maps.

“Redistricting reflects the current population, whereas gerrymandering plays political games,” Pfaff said. “Gerrymandering allows one political party to have more say than the next political party, and I think that breaks down trust.”

Pfaff would prefer to see Wisconsin adopt a process similar to Iowa, where a nonpartisan commission creates voting maps. Despite the overall disconnect between the parties, Pfaff assures there are Republicans who also want fair voting maps.

“They recognize the fact that the best system is a government in which we can reach consensus,” Pfaff added. “That we can find common ground, and the way to do that is by having competitive seats.”

Glassen would prefer to see the “least changes” map submitted by Evers be adopted, but overall, he hopes that voters will be heard.

“Wisconsinites want fair maps, that anyone should be able to run for the seat and have a relatively decent chance of winning the seat,” Glassen expressed. “You bring your voters out, and you run your election, you run your campaign, and you see where the votes fall, but right now we don’t really have that system.”

A decision on redistricting is expected to be made in the coming weeks.