Republicans Pass Resolution to Keep Core of Wisconsin’s Existing Political Maps | Local government
Republican lawmakers plan on Tuesday to approve the use of current Wisconsin political maps as the basis for new maps over the next decade, angering Democrats and others who say it would allow Wisconsin gerrymandered maps to persist.
Despite this, Gov. Tony Evers told reporters on Tuesday morning that he was unlikely to sign into law maps drawn by the Republican-controlled legislature and based on current maps, as the resolution says. before the Assembly and the Senate, this is the intention of the GOP.
The current political maps of Wisconsin are considered by some to be the most gerrymandered in the nation. In 2011, Republicans, with complete control of the state government, were able to draw maps that have delivered significant Republican majorities in the Senate and Assembly for much of the past decade. Republicans, however, argue that their maps stem from the fact that Democrats are increasingly concentrated in urban areas while Republicans are more evenly distributed geographically.
At a Tuesday press conference to kick off the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Evers said it was “unlikely” to sign on cards based on the current cards.
âThe current maps are inadequate and basing our decision making on this inadequacy would not do people’s jobs,â he said.
The resolution of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, calls for maps to “retain as much of the core of existing districts as possible, thereby maintaining them. communities of interest and promoting equal voting opportunities by minimizing the deprivation of the right to vote due to staggered terms of the Senate. “