Wisconsin Supreme Court orders new legislative maps in redistricting case brought by Democrats

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The liberal-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Republican-drawn legislative maps on Friday and ordered that new district boundary lines be drawn as Democrats had urged in a redistricting case they hope will weaken GOP majorities.

The ruling comes less than a year before the 2024 election in a battleground state where four of the six past presidential elections have been decided by fewer than 23,000 votes, and Republicans have built large majorities in the Legislature under maps they drew over a decade ago.

The court ruled 4-3 in favor of Democrats who argued that the legislative maps are unconstitutional because districts drawn aren’t contiguous. New maps are likely to be unveiled in about two months.

“Because the current state legislative districts contain separate, detached territory and therefore violate the constitution’s contiguity requirements, we enjoin the Wisconsin Elections Commission from using the current legislative maps in future elections,” Justice Jill Karofksy wrote for the majority.

mo_ztt,
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“Because the current state legislative districts contain separate, detached territory and therefore violate the constitution’s contiguity requirements, we enjoin the Wisconsin Elections Commission from using the current legislative maps in future elections,” Justice Jill Karofksy wrote for the majority.

“Hey! The rules say your rigged boundaries are TOO rigged! They’re not even legal! Look at them.”

(13 years pass)

“Whoa, yeah, let’s do something about that.”

Middle of the country is a feckin riot.

Madison_rogue,
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(13 years pass)

There's been a conservative majority in the state's high court since the 2008. Last year there was a SCOTUS case regarding gerrymandered districts that was thrown back to Wisconsin because the court said it was a "states issue."

This was the first time in 15 years the court could hand down a verdict like this, and it's about time. Wisconsin's legislative body has written itself a supermajority in the state houses even though the state is almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.

mo_ztt,
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Yeah. Sorry if it came across like I was blaming the Democrats or anything, I know it was stalled (on purpose stalled) in the conservative-majority supreme court until just now.

The tide is turning, I think.

Madison_rogue,
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About time. Would love to see Robin Vos lose his majority seat in the upcoming year. Might not happen, yet now that possibility is much closer.

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