By Tim Kowols
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel hopes the United States Supreme Court will allow the current legislative maps after requesting for a stay on a Monday. A three-judge panel ruled earlier this year that the current maps were gerrymandered in a way that gave Republicans an unfair advantage in local elections. Schimel believes redrawing the boundaries before the Supreme Court weighs in would be a waste of lawmakers’ time and money. Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay, who has introduced redistricting reform bills in the past, disagrees with that sentiment.
North Carolina recently had their maps rejected for two districts due to what was described as racial bias by the United States Supreme Court. Wisconsin’s bout against gerrymandering began in 2015 after a group of voters filed a federal lawsuit arguing a political bias with the maps approved in 2011.