Evers loses again on his gerrymandered maps

Empower Wisconsin  | April 4, 2022

MADISON — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has denied Gov. Tony Evers’ motion to submit more information explaining why he thinks the court should uphold his unconstitutional, racially gerrymandered maps.

“A motion to supplement the record having been filed on behalf of Governor Tony Evers, and considered by the court; IT IS ORDERED that the motion is denied,” the court wrote in its brief order.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s previous (4-3) ruling approving the Democrat’s political maps.

The high court’s 7-2 decision was not only a rejection of Evers’ race-based state redistricting plan, but a rebuke of the majority opinion from the state court’s three liberals and “conservative” Justice Brian Hagedorn, who often votes with them.

“We agree that the (Wisconsin Supreme Court) committed legal errors in its application of decisions of this Court regarding the relationship between the constitutional guarantee of equal protection and the (Voting Rights Act),” last month’s ruling states.

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed “the imposition of the Governor’s State Assembly and Senate maps” and remanded the case back to the state court to straighten up its mess.

Wisconsin’s high court must now determine what maps Wisconsin will use for the next decade, making sure that they comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling.

Republicans appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking an injunction against Evers’ legislative and congressional maps, as well as ruling on the merits of the case. They got it.

The appeal brought by the Legislature and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) argued that Evers’ maps are a racial gerrymander with the goal of “spreading” black voters among several legislative districts seeking a bare majority in each. Evers’ maps created an additional “majority” district in Milwaukee, from six to seven. Even Democrats criticized the redistricting plan, after rejecting Evers’ so-called “People’s Maps Commission” maps.

The U.S. Supreme Court opinion agreed that the constitution makes clear that government action based on race is subject to strict review.

“Under the Equal Protection Clause, districting maps that sort voters on the basis of race ‘are by their very nature odious,’ ”  the majority opinion wrote in citing case law.

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