“Wisconsin Republicans to appeal redistricting case to U.S. Supreme Court”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

 A day after losing before Wisconsin’s high court, Republicans detailed plans Friday to take their redistricting fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Republicans asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday to block the ruling it issued on Thursday so they could pursue their appeal before the nation’s top court. 

It’s up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether to take the case. If it doesn’t, the state court’s ruling will stand. …

The Republicans are basing their appeal on how Evers drew legislative maps in Milwaukee’s Black neighborhoods.

Now, six state Assembly districts have a Black majority. Evers’ maps would increase that number to seven. To do that, the new districts have Black majorities that consist of just over 50% of the population — smaller majorities than the six existing districts have. …

The Republicans contend the way Evers drew the maps violates the U.S. Constitution and does not comply with the federal Voting Rights Act, which is meant to ensure racial minorities can pick candidates of their choice.

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