By Tim Kowols
The maps of electoral district boundaries around the country expect to be challenged once again in 2017. While many states are waiting on the United States Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue, Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature led by Senator Dave Hansen are renewing their fight against partisan redistricting. Currently, district lines for federal and state races are drawn by the legislators in office, which Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin says only hurts the voters.
Under the new redistricting reform bill currently being circulated, a nonpartisan committee would be charged with the task of updating the voting districts, similar to what is already being done in Iowa. A panel of U.S. District judges ruled in November that the current maps, drawn in 2011, violated the voting rights of Democratic voters and the decision is currently being appealed by the state.