Wisconsin redistricting issue could head to U.S. Supreme Court

CREATED Apr 4, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - It looks like the battle over redistricting in Wisconsin could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The state will likely challenge a federal court ruling which said that new maps of Milwaukee's south side, drawn by Republican legislators, violated the law.

Three federal judges ruled that Milwaukee's redrawn 8th and 9th Assembly districts violate the Federal Voting Rights Act by hurting minority districts.

"We feel vindicated," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera after the ruling came.

GOP members drew those election maps which favor their party, but before those maps were revealed, Voces de la Frontera filed their lawsuit.

"I think the judge was as offended as any reasonable citizen of the state of Wisconsin would be at this despicable display of secrecy," said Voces de la Frontera attorney Peter Earle.

Before the state takes the issue to Washington, D.C. and the highest court in the land, the state is waiting on judges to decide hot they plan to redistrict the lines.

"Redistricting is a tough thing," explained Horicon Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald.  "Sometimes people lose their hometowns they represented.  It all depends on how the population shakes out."

Since the Senate is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, GOP members say there is no way they could fix the lines, and the court must do it.