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“Map-rigging,” the new term needed instead of “gerrymandering,” as Wisconsin voting districts could be on the line



FILE - More than 100 opponents of the Republican redistricting plans vow to fight the maps at a rally ahead of a joint legislative committee hearing in the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Common Cause Wisconsin executive director Jay Heck joined La Crosse Talk PM on Monday to talk about “gerrymandering,” a term that does not elude to what is actually happening in Wisconsin and other states.

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“Map-rigging” is a better phrase, as Heck explains how this past election in Wisconsin exploited power even more and how an upcoming state Supreme Court race becomes the most important in the country.

A graphic that explains gerrymandering, which is happening in states across the U.S.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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  1. Bill Feehan

    November 30, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Hey Rick,

    Take a look at a map of the Evers vs Michels race for Governor. Evers won just 14 of the 72 Wisconsin Counties. The bright blue places on the map are Democrat cities. Those areas vote 80-85% Democrat. Even though Evers won the state, it is obvious that the great majority of the state has Republican majorities. The only way to get more Dem seats would be to carve up cities like pieces of a pie. That would violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which says you can’t carve up minority voting districts. That is why Ever’s Maps were struck down by the US Supreme Court. They sent the case back to the WSC who had chosen Evers maps on a least change basis. That’s right, Justice Brian Hagedorn, the swing vote on the court, chose Evers maps. The graphic above does not accurately represent the state of Wisconsin and is misleading. By the way those Assembly Districts in NW Wisconsin didn’t change. They chose to elect Republicans over Democrats, a trend that has been happening state wide since 2016.

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