By Tim Kowols
Democrats scored a major victory in court Monday in its efforts to restore redistricting reform in Wisconsin. Federal judges voted 2-1 to declare the state’s Republican-drawn maps unconstitutional, saying the legislative districts tilted in favor of the majority party. Twelve Democrats sued the state in July 2015, calling the 2011 district maps “one of the worst gerrymanders in modern American history” according to the Wisconsin State Journal. State Senator Dave Hansen has introduced redistricting reform bills in the past and calls Monday’s decision a great day for democracy in Wisconsin.
In a release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Attorney General Brad Schimel says they plan on appealing the decision and the results of prior elections remain unchanged.