Mar 23, 2022 - Politics & Policy
Supreme Court grants GOP request to block new maps for Wisconsin's state legislature
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with Wisconsin's Republican-led legislature and struck down the state's redistricting plans drawn up by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.
Driving the news: In the unsigned order, the justices reversed an opinion by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which it noted is "free to take additional evidence if it prefers to reconsider the Governor’s maps rather than choose from among the other submissions."
- Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan issued a public dissent, calling the court's action “unprecedented.”
- "The court today faults the State Supreme Court for its failure to comply with an obligation that, under existing precedent, is hazy at best,” Sotomayor wrote.
The high court on Wednesday also rejected, in an unsigned opinion, a Republican-led bid to block the map that set boundaries for the state’s U.S. House districts.
- Both the legislative and congressional maps originally passed by the Wisconsin legislature created a significant Republican advantage, according to the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.
- Democrats would have made some marginal gains under Evers’ plan for the legislative map but Republicans would maintain their majorities in the Assembly and Senate.
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