US Supreme Court Sends Wisconsin Redistricting Case Back to Lower Courts
(WRN) -- The US Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to Wisconsin’s elections map, but not for good.
In a 7 – 2 decision, the US Supreme Court has sent the case back to the federal district courts.
Writing for the Majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said this was not a ruling on the merits of the case.
Instead, he says that Wisconsin Democrats lacked standing to bring a lawsuit when it came to the entire state’s voters as a whole, and that they needed to prove that individual voters in a district were harmed by having their votes cast in uneven districts.
Democrat Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning responded today, saying that her party won’t be giving up that easily. “Regardless of today’s ruling, Democrats in Wisconsin will continue to compete everywhere possible in 2018. We will continue to mobilize, and we will continue to build the infrastructure necessary for more victories for the people of Wisconsin.”
Attorney General Brad Schimel issued the following statement in response. “I am pleased that the highest court in the land has unanimously reversed the trial court’s erroneous decision invalidating Wisconsin’s Assembly map. Today is win for the rule of law in Wisconsin, and a testament to the talented attorneys at the Wisconsin Department of Justice.”
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