The next election you vote in will be based on different maps, but they will not be the ones that were approved just over a month ago.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4-3 to use the voting maps drawn by the Republican-controlled state Legislature approximately six weeks after the maps drawn by Governor Tony Evers were selected. Spurring the decision was the U.S. Supreme Court, which sent the legislative voting maps back to the Wisconsin Supreme Court after opponents to Evers’ maps disagreed with the decision to add a seventh majority-minority district in the Milwaukee area. The nation’s high court called for the Evers Administration to provide evidence to show they were compliant with the Voting Rights Acts and did not create a gerrymander along racial lines. Justice Brian Hagedorn, who voted in favor of the Evers’ maps, supported the Legislature’s maps this time around because there was not enough time to get everything sorted out before nomination papers could be taken out for the fall election.
Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin voiced his displeasure with the decision, saying it is unprecedented.
Heck still prefers neither Republican nor Democratic-elected officials to choose their voters instead of leaving the task of redistricting to an independent, non-partisan commission.