Top Wisconsin court affirms GOP’s preferred approach to maps

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Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 4:55 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court has sided with Republicans in a redistricting ruling that will lay the groundwork for drawing new political boundary lines.

In a 4-3 ruling Tuesday, the court’s conservative majority said it will make as few changes as possible to the current maps drawn by Republicans and enacted a decade ago.

Democrats and others have argued that those maps are so heavily skewed in favor of Republicans the new legislative and congressional maps should be drawn from scratch. But the Supreme Court said changes to the current maps should be limited to population shifts made apparent by the once-a-decade census.

Attorney General Josh Kaul denounced the decision, calling it a “major blow to our freedom.”

“It almost certainly ends all hope for anything remotely resembling fair maps in Wisconsin for at least the next decade—and quite possibly much longer,” Kaul said. “For a court to rule that a court-drawn map must be based on an extreme partisan gerrymander is simply stunning.”

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