Wisconsin Redistricting Debate Heading To Supreme Court

The debate over redistricting in Wisconsin will be headed to the US Supreme Court later this fall, but a local group is hoping for legislative changes ahead of an eventual ruling. This all stems from the plan in 2011 to redraw Wisconsin's 99 Assembly and 33 Senate districts.

But, even before the plan was approved, opponents of those new districts filed lawsuits. The chair of the Fair Elections Project told us they are making a push to ask those in Madison to construct maps more in tune with non-partisan viewpoints and -- in their words -- have the people decide who their politicians are.

But while the group aims to remove partisan views in redistricting, the head of the Eau Claire County republican party also told us partisanship is unavoidable when it comes to drawing district maps.

"The legislature can change the way that it draws the maps. It can make a decision to draw fair maps right now. It can decide to do those things in an open and transparent process, which is the opposite of what they did in 2011 when they used a secret and corrupt process to rig the map."

"I'm not so certain that this is always a bad thing. I really don't. I mean sometimes it is -- granted. But I'm not so sure, in general. If they don't govern well, they are going to be booted out of office. There is much more likely chance of them being booted out of office right now."


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