Cap Times: What you need to know about Wisconsin's gerrymandering case headed to the Supreme Court
Wisconsin's partisan gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford, goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the culmination of a legal process that began in federal district court in Madison last year. How the justices decide the case will affect Wisconsin's district maps, but could have widespread implications for maps in other states across the country.
The case centers on whether Wisconsin's state Assembly map is unconstitutional because it discriminates against Democrats on the basis of their party affiliation. The current map was drawn by Republicans in 2011 after they won control of both chambers of the Legislature and the Governor's office. Twelve Wisconsin Democrats, led by retired University of Wisconsin Law School professor William Whitford, sued the state in federal court claiming that his and other Democrats' votes in state elections were diluted because of the map Republicans drew. Whitford and his fellow plaintiffs are being represented by the Campaign Legal Center, a national nonprofit legal group based in Washington, D.C.