For Immediate Release
Today’s 7-2 U.S. Supreme Court decision held the challengers failed to prove they had standing in the reapportionment case. Justices Ginsburg and Kagen sided with the “conservative” justices on the decision. The challengers were unable to prove the 2011 reapportionment map caused personal injury.
This decision is a win for states’ rights, specifically the right for individual states to draw their own redistricting maps. The constitution places the power to draw electoral maps with the states, not appointed judges. Wisconsin has a process within the law to reapportion and redraw the legislative maps, and today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court confirms the Wisconsin Legislature acted within the scope of their constitutional and legal authority.
This decision also gives certainty to the upcoming 2018 Wisconsin Assembly elections, as maps are not in jeopardy of being hastily cobbled together because of a court decision. This is a win for constitutional, representative government in Wisconsin.