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Supreme Court takes up GOP gerrymandering in Wisconsin

03gerrymandering_map-articleLarge-v15-e1507587084414.gifOn October 3, the Supreme Court heard arguments in  Gill v. Whitford, in which the Wisconsin State Assembly was found to have violated the US Constitution when it drew district boundaries that systematically disenfranchised Democratic voters and gave Republicans an unfair advantage. If the Supreme Court upholds the lower court ruling against Wisconsin gerrymandering, the outcome of past elections which gave a lopsided number of seats in the Assembly to the GOP could be called into question.

At issue is the use of computer modeling and sophisticated algorithms that gave Wisconsin Republicans with only 47 percent of the vote, 60 of the 99 seats in the Assembly in 2012. A trend that only has gotten worse in following elections.

To learn how the new gerrymandering in Wisconsin came about, read more in the New York Times article, The New Front in the Gerrymandering Wars: Democracy vs. Math.

To take action against the rigged voting system in Wisconsin, visit Citizen Action’s Tool Kit for Fair Elections.

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