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Lawsuit asks judge to throw out redistricting maps


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU)- The group that filed a lawsuit in June over Wisconsin’s redistricting plans has asked a federal judge to throw out the new maps approved by lawmakers this week. Two former Democratic legislators were among those who originally asked to have the courts re-draw the state-and-congressional district lines if they’re not constitutional.

Yesterday the group amended its complaint. It said the maps approved by the G-O-P-controlled Assembly and Senate violate both the state and U-S constitutions and the federal Voting Rights Act by splitting up and cities and minority communities.

Republican legislative leaders did not comment on the new legal action – but they insisted the maps they drew up in secret were constitutional. Governor Scott Walker said again he would have to review the maps before deciding whether to approve them.The biggest redistrcting change moves Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids from the 7th to the 3rd distrcit.

The lawsuit said the new districts give Democrats quote, “little chance of attaining and retaining a majority” for the next decade in either house of the state Legislature or the state’s U-S House delegation. The lawsuit was filed before Republicans released their maps two weeks ago. It asks a three-judge panel to draw district lines that pass constitutional muster. The plaintiffs include former state Senate Democratic leader Judy Robson of Beloit, and former Democratic state lawmaker and Congressman Al Baldus of Menomonie.