In any case, the court did state that it would respect legislative authority if it could approve maps that Evers would then sign into law.
It seemed doubtful that Evers and the Democrats would support the revised Republican maps that were approved by the Senate, altering his original proposal. "This is about one thing: Republicans desperately trying to retain power," wrote Britt Cudaback, a spokesman for Evers, prior to the publication of the maps. A complete halt.
Any maps that deviate from the maps that Evers provided to the Supreme Court "aren't the governor's maps. Period," Cudaback stated in a post on X (previously Twitter). As LeMahieu put it, "his true intent of trying to disenfranchise Republican voters around the state" will be revealed if Evers vetoes the new Republican maps.
In response to the 169-page amendment outlining the maps, Democrats claimed that Republicans were trying to shore up their majority in the Senate (22-11) and the Assembly (64-35). The plan that is currently being considered by us is not serious, according to Democratic Senator Mark Spreitzer. "Republican incumbents are shielded from challenge by these revised maps.
Despite opposition from 10 senators, the measure was ultimately approved by a vote of 17 to 14. No Democrat cast a ballot in favor of it. The Republican majority is anticipated to decrease in all of the maps that are now being considered by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Based on a study by John D. Johnson, a research scholar at Marquette University Law School, the Republicans would have a seven-seat lead in the Assembly under the Evers map, down from 29 members presently, and a one-seat edge in the Senate. Using a statistical model, he projected how the state legislature election would have gone in 2022 if the redrawn districts had been adopted.
The party balance of each district would be unaffected by the adjustments Republicans were making to Evers' plans, according to LeMahieu.
The Republican Party has attempted to seize control of the redistricting process before. Three months prior to the court's mandate for new maps, in September, the Assembly approved a comprehensive plan to transfer the authority to create maps from politicians to neutral staff.
Unfortunately, Evers dismissed the proposal as "bogus," despite the fact that it was quite similar to a nonpartisan redistricting plan that he has advocated for many years. Republicans in the Senate made changes to the bill before adopting it on Tuesday. It had slipped away in the hours leading up to Evers' State of the State speech.