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Redistricting Battle Officially Begins In Wisconsin With Release Of Census Data

Laurel White, WPR | Published on 8/12/2021

The map-making process is expected to spur a prolonged fight between the Republican-controlled state Legislature and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, as well as Democratic and Republican advocacy groups. Evers has called on lawmakers to consider maps that will be drawn by a redistricting commission he created, but GOP leaders have not said they will do so. Evers has the power to veto any maps he doesn’t like, which would send the maps to the courts.

On Thursday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, released a statement saying he believes the governor will approve the GOP-drawn maps.

"Soon we will begin the robust map drawing process and I’m confident we will draw a map that the governor will sign," Vos said.

Vos also announced a a public website where Wisconsin residents can submit their proposals for district maps with a deadline of Oct. 15.