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Panel of Federal Judges Find Wisconsin Voting Districts ' Unconstitutional '

 
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Panel of Federal Judges Find Wisconsin Voting Districts ' Unconstitutional '
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11/22/16

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Federal judges panel finds state redistricting plan an 'unconstitutional gerrymander'


"A panel of federal judges on Monday ruled that Wisconsin’s 2011 legislative redistricting plan, created by Republican leaders virtually in secret, is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

The map “was intended to burden the representational rights of Democratic voters … by impeding their ability to translate their votes into legislative seats,” wrote federal appeals court Judge Kenneth Ripple, the senior judge on the three-judge panel, adding that “the discriminatory effect is not explained by the political geography of Wisconsin nor is it justified by a legitimate state interest.

The panel did not say what should happen as a result of its ruling. Instead, the court ordered both sides to file briefs on an appropriate remedy within 30 days, with response briefs to follow 15 days later.

Ruth Greenwood, one of the lawyers for the Democratic voters who brought the case, declined to discuss what remedy the group intends to seek from the court.

The Democrats contend they have found a way to measure unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders designed to give a “large and durable” advantage in elections to one party — a measure the U.S. Supreme Court said was lacking in previous redistricting cases. The measure, called the efficiency gap, shows how cracking (breaking up blocs of Democratic voters) and packing (concentrating Democrats within certain districts) results in wasted votes — excess votes for the winners in safe districts and perpetually inadequate votes for the losers.

Judge: Map guaranteed GOP win in any scenario.

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Re: Panel of Federal Judges Find Wisconsin Voting Districts ' Unconstitutional '
Your translating skills are perfect! Saw this on the local news this morning, so ridiculous.
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Re: Panel of Federal Judges Find Wisconsin Voting Districts ' Unconstitutional '
You mean a "panel of feral judges"





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