US Supreme Court Rejects State’s Legislative Maps
Wisconsin high court overruled but could still use Evers maps to revise redistricting.
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the legislative redistricting plans drawn by Gov. Tony Evers and endorsed earlier this month by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, sending the dispute back to the state court to consider all over again.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s order denying the legislative maps found that Evers and the Wisconsin Supreme Court had erred in their interpretation of the federal Voting Rights Act as it pertains to redistricting.
“On remand, the court is free to take additional evidence if it prefers to reconsider the Governor’s maps rather than choose from among the other submissions,” read the court’s order. “Any new analysis, however, must comply with our equal protection jurisprudence.”
Justices Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented, with Sotomayor calling the majority’s ruling “unprecedented.”
“In an emergency posture, the Court summarily overturns a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision resolving a conflict over the State’s redistricting, a decision rendered after a 5-month process involving all interested stakeholders,” Sotomayor wrote. “Despite the fact that summary reversals are generally reserved for decisions in violation of settled law, the Court today faults the State Supreme Court for its failure to comply with an obligation that, under existing precedent, is hazy at best.”
In a separate order, the U.S. Supreme Court left congressional maps drawn by Evers in place, rejecting a request by Republican members of Congress to stay that ruling.
Editor’s note: This story will be updated.
US Supreme Court rejects legislative map drawn by Evers that was endorsed by Wisconsin Supreme Court was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
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2 thoughts on “US Supreme Court Rejects State’s Legislative Maps”
John Robert’s is using this to destroy the last pillar of the voting rights act.
He truly is the most powerfull white supremacist in this nation.
I am just not surprised that the Supreme Court majority is straight out racist. Learned it as children, applying it as adults. Bigots, bigots, bigots.