The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled on the state’s redistricting process.
In a 4-3 decision on Thursday afternoon, the court announced that it had accepted Governor Tony Evers’ cards.
Judge Brian Hagedorn wrote the majority opinion. Governor Tony Evers released this statement:
As this map-making process approaches, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided that it wants a “least change” approach to new maps, which means not displacing large amounts of the population to other places. other districts. Ten years ago, when Republicans drew the maps, there was no “least change” policy and 2/3 of Wisconsin moved out.
In 2018, Democrats won every race statewide, but Republicans held more than 60% of the legislative seats. Republicans have a majority of 61 to 38 in the Assembly and 21 to 12 in the Senate. They also hold five of the eight seats in Congress.
States must draw new maps every 10 years to even out population changes in legislative and congressional districts, based on data from the US Census Bureau.
The way the lines are drawn can give a political party enormous advantages. In Wisconsin, the majority party draws the lines. Republicans controlled all of government when they were tossed a decade ago and experts say the state is one of the most gerrymanders for Republicans in the country because of that.