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First District stays largely intact after Legislature's approval of new maps

The Wisconsin Legislature approved new legislative maps on Wednesday, but you will not see a difference in your representation if you live in Door or Kewaunee counties.


Assembly Speaker Robin Vos admitted on Tuesday that the vote to approve the new maps drawn by Governor Tony Evers was a major win for the Democratic-led administration. According to the Associated Press, 15 Republican incumbents in the Assembly and six in the Senate will be forced to run against each other under the new maps. There is just one instance where two Democrats were forced into duels. Experts hired by the Wisconsin Supreme Court said earlier this month that the maps were still titled toward Republicans but should offer more competitive races throughout the state.


You will see the same representation for voters in Door and Kewaunee counties. It does not mean that State Assembly Rep. Joel Kitchens and State Senator Andre Jacque will not see some changes to their districts. According to maps provided by the governor’s office, the First Assembly District saw a population deviation of -89 voters, while the First Senate District saw an increase of +2. Democrats were still leery about approving the deal, pointing to language in the bill that the maps would not go into effect until after the November elections.


Earlier this month, Evers rejected a different proposal by the Wisconsin Legislature to approve his maps but protected more incumbents. After that episode, Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck had predicted that the courts would have the final say in the matter. He instead celebrated the passage, saying, "We urge Gov. Evers to sign his voting maps passed by the Wisconsin Legislature into law. That will help bring stability and certainty to the fast-approaching 2024 election cycle and for the years ahead until the next decennial redistricting process occurs in 2031."


Evers said he would sign off on it if the Wisconsin Legislature approved his maps, but he has not yet taken action on it. 

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