MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAU) – A three-judge panel in Milwaukee has refused to drop a lawsuit that challenges Wisconsin’s newly-drawn congressional and state legislative districts.
The judges said the plaintiffs have the legal right to challenge the redistricting – and their allegations warrant that the case continue to be heard in the courts.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs said almost 300,000 people won’t be able to vote in next year’s Senate elections, because they’ve been thrown into different districts which don’t have contests until 2014.
Former Democratic Senate leader Judy Robson, former Congressman Al Baldus, and over a dozen others filed suit earlier this year – even before Republicans approved the boundaries they drew with no Democratic support.
Republicans said the new maps accurately reflect population changes revealed in the 2010 Census.
But Democrats and other critics said the G-O-P drew the boundaries in a way that gives them the possible chance of winning elections all the way through the next decade.