Supreme Court Will Hear WI Partisan Gerrymander Case
While the Supreme Court hears the case and deliberates a decision, the lower court's order to revise the maps has been stayed. A decision is expected in the fall.
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday accepted Gill v. Whitford, a landmark case in which a lower court has ruled Wisconsin's legislative voting maps to be unconstitutional based on partisan gerrymandering. The Court will hear oral arguments in October. The lower court ruled last November that the districts were manipulated to protect and consolidate the power of the majority political party in the last redistricting. This happens in both “red” and “blue” states, but Wisconsin’s secretive and fast-tracked redistricting process in 2011 was a particularly egregious example. Partisan gerrymandering is contrary to the concept of “one person, one vote.” In effect, it allows elected representatives to choose their voters, rather than the other way around.
The League plans to file an amicus brief in the case, providing critical information to Supreme Court justices about the negative effects that partisan gerrymandering has had on voters and the legislative process in Wisconsin. We want them to be aware of the far-reaching positive impact the Court’s decision could have nationally. You can support the League’s legal work with a tax-deductible contribution to our Voter Protection Fund.
Our executive director will be talking about this court case and other issues June 20th at 12:30PM (Central Time) on The Union Edge radio and June 21st on 8 O’Clock Buzz on WORT-FM. Click on the links for live streaming or archived shows.
Photo credit, Wisconsin State Journal.