Redistricting Lawsuit Thrown Out, More Expected

7/29/11 – One lawsuit challenging redistricting in Wisconsin has been dismissed, but another is still pending. A three-judge panel issued a ruling yesterday (Th) saying there was no need to step in to the middle of the dispute over redistricting right now. Former state Senate Majority Leader Judy Robson had filed a request last month to reopen a federal case from 10 years ago that ended with the courts redrawing Wisconsin’s district boundaries after the 2000 U.S. Census.

Republicans had the votes to approve redistricting earlier this month, redrawing boundaries for the area represented by all 132 state legislators and eight members of the congressional delegation. Democrats have called the new boundary lines unfair, calling them a naked power grab. The governor hasn’t signed the new maps into law yet.