In a major decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has overturned a Republican-favored map of legislative districts that had been designed to give the GOP an advantage in elections. The decision, which was issued on Wednesday, is sure to have major implications for the politics of the state.
Since 2011, Republicans had controlled both the state Assembly and Senate, thanks in large part to how those legislative districts were drawn. The Wisconsin Supreme Court said that these maps were an unconstitutional gerrymandering of the districts, and that the maps deprived Wisconsinites of their constitutional right to have districts drawn in a way that gives fair representation.
The decision was issued by a 4-3 conservative majority, but the deciding vote was cast by conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn, who said that the current district map violated the Wisconsin Constitution. His opinion was not shared by the other two conservative justices, who argued that the map was constitutional.
The court’s ruling doesn’t say exactly how the district lines need to be redrawn, but it does generally call for them to be done in a more neutral manner. This means that the decisions of voters would more accurately reflect the political makeup of the state, making it much harder for Republicans to retain control of the legislature.
The decision is a major victory for Democrats and advocates of fair maps in the state, and is likely to have a major impact on the politics of the upcoming elections. It also sets an example for other states that are considering similar measures to combat gerrymandering.
This is certainly a momentous decision, and it’s sure to have major implications for the political future of Wisconsin. With decisions like this, progress in the fight against gerrymandering seems just around the corner.