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Report: Madison-based law firm to challenge state legislative maps

Source: Wisconsin Legislature

Report: Madison-based law firm to challenge state legislative maps

April 6, 2023 12:26 PM CDT

By: Jimmie Kaska

MADISON, Wis. (Civic Media) – A Madison-based law firm is planning to challenge the state’s legislative maps, according to a report by the Capital Times.

Law Forward, which describes itself as a “pro-democracy nonprofit that uses strategic litigation to develop the law,” plans to file the lawsuit after Janet Protasiewicz is sworn in as a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in August.

Protasiewicz won in Tuesday’s election over former justice Dan Kelly to secure a spot on the state’s high court.

The group posted on social media Thursday that the current maps are gerrymandered and described the current state government as “not accountable to the voters.”

The University of Wisconsin Law School said that the adoption of the current legislative maps have “substantially higher levels of partisan inequity than the average court-adopted map.” The U.S. Supreme Court decided against Wisconsin’s Supreme Court selecting Gov. Evers’ maps in 2022, and the state Supreme Court then adopted a Republican-drawn legislative map instead in April of 2022.

According to the Capital Times, Law Forward will argue that the current maps violate Wisconsin’s constitution as they do not provide a “free and fair government,” citing how close statewide elections are versus representation by each party in the sate legislature. Republicans hold a supermajority in the state Senate following Dan Knodl’s win in a special election this Tuesday and are two seats away from a supermajority in the Assembly.

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