Thursday, December 2, 2021

The public gets a chance to voice their opinion on the GOP’s plans to redistribute constituencies

Madison, Wis. (AP) – On Thursday, the public gets a chance to tell Republican lawmakers what they think about their plan for redistributing counties. this will keep a solid GOP majority in place.

Last week, Republicans unveiled legislative and congressional maps that are largely based on current constituencies. Joint legislative hearings on Thursday will take place just days before the Legislature is expected to vote on cards that will set political boundaries for the next 10 years.

This will send the cards to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has already told the Republicans that he will not sign what they have proposed.… This means that the new cards, most likely, will be drawn by the court.

There are two county redistribution lawsuits pending, one in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the other in federal court. Democrats want federal courts to draw maps, as they have done the last three times when Wisconsin was under divided control. Republicans have asked the US Supreme Court to dismiss the federal lawsuit. Republicans want the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court to draw the maps.

Boundary Redistribution is a decade-long process of redefining the political boundaries of a state based on the most recent census showing how populations have changed in neighborhoods, cities, and counties since 2010. Cartographers can create an advantage for their political party in future elections by packing opponents’ voters into multiple constituencies or spreading them across multiple constituencies – a process known as gerrimandering.

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Opponents of the GOP cards planned to present their arguments at the hearing so that Republicans consider alternative proposals, including those made by a commission created by Evers. Democrats want new maps to be created from scratch, rather than starting from existing Republican friendly areas.

Evers said it would be “shameless and offensive” to implement “yet another set of altered maps, modeled after the same altered maps we’ve had for a decade.”

Republicans have a majority in the Assembly of 61-38, and in the Senate – 21-12 votes. Republicans also own five of the state’s eight constituencies. The proposed maps will largely keep these legislatures firmly under Republican control and make the western district of Wisconsin more Republican-friendly.

Republican leaders who drew up the maps insisted they were honest, legitimate, and based on feedback they took into account, including from the Governor’s Map Commission.

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