The Wisconsin Supreme Court has thrown out Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ congressional map that would have given the state’s redistricting a playing field heavily favoring the left.
The ruling came in a 4-3 decision on Friday, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
“The Wisconsin Supreme Court delivered a serious blow to Democrats after rejecting the left’s redistricting map and adopting one drawn up by Republicans for the state’s upcoming elections. ” https://t.co/BdwJLxkxFZ
— JulesUSA (@JulesUSA6) April 19, 2022
The ruling also comes so late that Democrats are unlikely to succeed in appealing the decision in time to include the new map for the 2022 midterm elections.
“While it seems a lock that the GOP voting plan will be used for the 2022 elections, the state Democrats are still mulling continued court challenges against the redistricting map for 2024, according to the Journal-Sentinel,” the Western Journal noted.
“Despite apparently being stuck with the maps for 2022, the Democrats still claim that the GOP-created map violates the federal Voting Rights Act,” it added.
— Pioneer Press (@PioneerPress) March 23, 2022
The governor’s response
Evers blasted the decision in a statement on social media.
“BREAKING: Today’s redistricting decision by #SCOWIS is outrageous. At a time when our democracy is under near-constant attack, the judiciary has abandoned our democracy in our most dire hour. This is an unconscionable miscarriage of justice,” he said on Twitter.
BREAKING: Today’s redistricting decision by #SCOWIS is outrageous. At a time when our democracy is under near-constant attack, the judiciary has abandoned our democracy in our most dire hour. This is an unconscionable miscarriage of justice. My full statement here ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/jVjJpyr4AT
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) April 15, 2022
The new decision could be a blessing for Republican seeking to take back the House in November.
However, the battle is far from over. Any appeal could still impact the state’s 2024 congressional elections, a battle sure to be intense as it will also include the next presidential election.