Huge news! The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in the legal battle to bring fair legislative maps to Wisconsin. The case, brought forward by the Wisconsin Fair Elections Project, found that in 2011 Gov. Walker and Republicans created and implemented legislative districts that are so extremely partisan that they violate the U.S. Constitution.
Last year, a panel of federal judges ruled that Scott Walker’s maps are so skewed to favor Republicans that they violate the voting rights of Wisconsin citizens. Now the case is headed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
This case continues to shine a spotlight on the rigged maps and corrupt process used by Gov. Walker and Republicans in 2011. Once they rigged the maps, the majority used secrecy, lawyers and technology to maximize their own political power and partisan advantage, leaving citizens’ constitutional rights and basic fairness in the dust. The impact is clear: Wisconsin has about the same number of Republican and Democratic voters throughout the state and yet Republicans have a disproportionate majority in both the state Senate and Assembly.
The Wisconsin redistricting case has national implications as Scott Walker’s playbook to rig the rules of democracy and stack the deck against citizen rights by gerrymandering districts has been repeated in states across the country.
The Supreme Court will likely hear arguments in October of 2017. We hope that the Court will rein in extreme partisan gerrymandering, which subverts the rights of Wisconsin residents to freely choose our elected representatives at the ballot box. The Justices should move forward aggressively on this case in order to ensure there will be no gerrymandered maps in place in Wisconsin in 2018.