One of the most notable party commanders in the country can be found in Wisconsin. But recidivism by 2021 can be prevented – with public comment.
Governor Evers has formation a non-partisan civic committee to increase transparency and gather public input, regardless of whether the legislature intends to overtake him. If you are Wisconsinite, we encourage you to show your voice. While Evers’ commission will not be available the In the end, having your say on the record could play an important role in potential future litigation.
In 2011, with the “trifecta” (one party that controls parliament, the senate, and the state governor), Wisconsin Republicans drew a map guaranteeing their legislative control over the decade.
The map’s unfair nature is most evident in the results of the 2018 Wisconsin National Assembly elections: Democrats won the majority of the popular vote but won only 36% of the seats.
That same year, the US Supreme Court, which had the opportunity to rule unconstitutional parties in Gill v. Whitford, refuse to interfere.
Fortunately, there is good reason to think that Wisconsin will not be strongly criticized this year. While Republicans retain a solid legislative majority after the 2020 election, Democratic Governor Tony Evers holds the veto power again. Typically, when it comes to redistribution, divided government leads either to legislative compromise (this happens to a 2001 map of Wisconsin congress) or court-drawn map (which happens to 2001 legislative map of Wisconsin).
However, the public may want to keep an eye on a potential second pathway through redistricting plans in the State of Badger. In this case, the GOP legislative leaders may pass a joint resolution stating that the Governor has no say in the process and try to redraw the entire Republican party map. Research The Princeton Gerrymandering Project has indicated that this route, while likely, will be unlikely and will fly in the face of a six-decade precedent.
If Republicans tried to implement such a drastic plan, the war would almost certainly end at the Wisconsin Supreme Court (where conservatives had a 4-3 majority). That being said, while revolving around justice Bruce Hagedorn is conservative, he may not be inclined to endorse such a radical stance.
Wisconsin law requires school districts, regardless of who attracts and when, to adhere to certain criteria. For a full breakdown of the redistribution criteria in Wisconsin see our University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. here. Of particular note are the criteria that all counties in the Badger state must be Compact. In addition, respect for communities of concern can also be highly ranked by courts when state judges evaluate draft maps. Of course, this will only happen in the event that the Governor and the legislature are unable to reach an agreement (which seems likely). In this case, tools like those created by our partners, Representative.org, can help mappers locate communities of interest.
A recent poll Shows that 72% of Wisconsinit residents want to redistribute the nonpartisan area. Therefore, it is important that the majority get their voices heard. If citizens hold their officials accountable, they will increase the likelihood of ensuring a fairer county map for Wisconsin over the next decade.