In 2017, a federal court ruled the state legislative districts Wisconsin Republicans drew in 2011 were so excessively partisan, they were unconstitutional. And the ones currently in effect aren't any better.
Wisconsin Supreme Court chooses GOP maps that eliminate one Black-majority Assembly district after the US Supreme Court ruled Gov. Evers’ maps aren’t “race-neutral” because they added a district.
Republicans called it racial gerrymandering. State attorney general says it’s “back to the drawing board,” with less than a month until candidates for Legislature can start to file.
But the home of one lawmaker who doesn’t live in his district will still be located outside his boundaries.
By choosing Evers’ modified option, court rules 4-3 against GOP efforts to tilt the maps even further from statewide voter makeup.
In a year-end interview, Gov. Tony Evers reflects on GOP attacks on elections, ongoing struggles with COVID-19, and the fight against gerrymandering.
The maps would still give Republicans an advantage in Wisconsin elections, but not one as large as GOP-drawn maps.
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