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On Nov. 8, citizens in 19 communities around Wisconsin will face a crucial vote.

They will get to say whether they’re in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to proclaim, once and for all, that corporations aren’t persons and money isn’t speech.

Such an amendment would overturn Citizens United, the disastrous Supreme Court decision of 2010, as well as a host of other decisions that have given wealthy individuals and corporations inordinate power over our political system.

The Wisconsin media hasn’t been paying attention to this, so you probably didn’t know that Wisconsin is a leader in this nationwide movement to fundamentally solve the problem of big money in our politics.

Already, more communities in Wisconsin than anywhere else in the country except Massachusetts have voted in favor of amending the Constitution this way.

So far in Wisconsin, 78 communities — from Douglas County to Beloit — have come on board, thanks to the superb organizing work of United to Amend Wisconsin.

The amazing thing about these referendums in Wisconsin is that they pass by an average of 77 percent. Even in red Waukesha, it passed by 69 percent. People across the ideological spectrum get it: All of our voices are being drowned out by those with big money.

On Nov. 8, citizens in the following Wisconsin communities will find, on their ballot, an advisory referendum asking them whether they are in favor of amending the Constitution so that all our voices can be heard: Cadis, Clayton, Delafield, Decatur, Harris, Lake Tomahawk, Manitowoc, Milltown, Monticello, Mount Horeb, Mt. Pleasant, Neshkoro, the town of New Glarus, the village of New Glarus, Osceola, Reedsburg, Rock County, Springdale, and Spring Valley.

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If you’re in any one of those communities, we at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to vote in favor of this referendum.

Matthew Rothschild is executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

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