US supreme court blocks new Wisconsin voting maps in boost for Republicans
While the US Supreme Court opted not to overturn Wisconsin’s new Congressional district maps in a recent case, it did reject the new maps for the two chambers of the Wisconsin State Legislature. The maps had been approved by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court after a dispute between the state’s Republican-dominated legislature and its Democratic Governor. The US Supreme Court has ruled that Governor Tony Evers’ maps do not sufficiently follow the state’s requirement that redrawn maps must not be drastically different from their immediate predecessors. In particular, the US Supreme Court took issue with the new map for the Wisconsin State Assembly creating a 7th majority-Black district. There are currently 99 districts in the State Assembly. The ruling has intensified concerns among voting advocates about the highest court’s long-term objectives for elections throughout the country.