The Conservative majority in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court on Friday voted to approve the new state legislature drawings drawn by Republicans controlling the legislature, reversing its earlier decision in favor of the drawings drawn by the state’s Democratic governor.
The court acted after the U.S. Supreme Court Canceled its previous decision Last month, he noted in a controversial ruling that state judges did not consider whether the drawings drawn by the Democrats comply with federal suffrage law.
The newly adopted maps – the discriminatory Jerrymonds secretly drawn up after Republicans seized control of both Democrats’ legislatures in 2011 – should lock in a majority of Republicans in the Legislature and Senate over the next decade.
The month-long legal battle began in November when Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers vetoed legislative districts drawn by Republicans. The state Supreme Court resolved a stalemate in March by narrowing the Republican majority slightly and voting 4 to 3 in favor of the maps drawn by the governor.
Those maps also include the Seventh Assembly District, which had a majority of black voters, which Republican lawmakers called the “21st Century Ethnic Jerryman” in an urgent appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court then sent those maps to state judges to reconsider compliance with the Right to Vote Act.
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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected another Republican appeal, however, after state judges Chose the governor’s version Congress Map of Wisconsin. The state has eight seats in the House of Representatives, with Republicans gaining a five to three majority.
In their ruling on Friday, state judges ruled that the governor had “sufficient opportunity to create sufficient record” to justify the seventh black majority district but failed to do so. Instead, they said the maps drawn by the Republicans were “racially neutral” and in line with state and federal guidelines.
During a lengthy disagreement between the court’s three Democrats, Judge Jill J. Karofsky said the approval of Republican maps was nonsense, Mr. Evers ‘maps include the black-majority legislative district, but have removed one of the Republicans’ maps.
If the inclusion of such a district was evidence of an unreasonable belief in race in drawing maps, he wrote, “the legislature removed the Milwaukee area majority-minority district, casting equal doubt on the identity of the race-based line. The drawing.”
Mr. Evers said the ruling was outrageous, saying state judges had “clearly and decisively rejected the legislature’s maps before the case could be considered by the Supreme Court.”
Outsiders have speculated that the governor may seek to take the matter back to the U.S. Supreme Court, but he appeared to reject such a move, concluding that “the people of this state of unconscionable abortion justice will see no relief. Another decade.”
This paves the way for candidates to start collecting petitions for the August 9 state assembly primary election. Some were unable to file as candidates until the final maps determined which districts they should represent.
Voting rights advocates quickly condemned the state court’s decision.
“The Supreme Court of Wisconsin shows its true color by ignoring the decision they made a month ago, without any legal basis or precedent: political gain over judicial justice,” said Sachin Seda, director of the state fair elections program. A statement.
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The Conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which filed a summary in the case, said the judges “correctly recognized that our Constitution sets aside racial decision-making for the most extreme circumstances.”
“The governor did not justify his race-based redefinition,” the organization continued. “The court rejected that right.”
Wisconsin is one of the most hotly contested legal battlefields in relation to discriminatory jerrymanning. A challenge to the Republican maps of the State Assembly and the State Senate drawn up in 2011, one of the most erroneous maps ever approved, went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016, but was rejected when the court ruled that the plaintiffs had no legal right.
The second federal challenge died in 2019 after the Supreme Court ruled that discriminatory Jerrymonders were political issues beyond its jurisdiction.