(MADISON) On Wednesday March 23, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) remanded Wisconsin’s legislative district maps back to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, less than three weeks before candidates can begin gathering signatures to get on the ballot. Rep. Gary Hebl (Sun Prairie) released the following statement in response:
It is stunning that the Supreme Court of the United States would take such an action at so late a juncture. We are mere weeks away from nomination papers going out and we do not know what district lines will be.
This was not a judgment by an impartial body. This was a verdict by an irredeemably biased court meant to tip the scales in Republicans’ favor. SCOTUS’ blatant partisan decision comes weeks after they declined to alter Alabama’s maps, citing that they were too close to an election to make changes. The process is clear: the conservative SCOTUS majority will do whatever they can to help Republicans retain power. In doing so, they undermine faith in the Court itself.