Minneapolis Star Tribune: In Wisconsin case headed to Supreme Court, huge implications for high-stakes political redistricting

Judy Keen
Jul 16, 2017
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The case, Gill vs. Whitford (named for Beverly Gill, chair of the state Elections Commission, and lead plaintiff William Whitford), argued that Wisconsin’s redistricting in 2011 was unconstitutional because it violated Democratic voters’ guarantee of equal protection under the 14th Amendment and freedom of association under the First Amendment.

The federal trial was the first in three decades to deal with gerrymandering.

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After the 2020 census, every state would have to factor the ruling into its redistricting process, said Ruth Greenwood, senior legal counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group based in Washington that’s part of the team representing plaintiffs.

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