The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday over legislative maps backed by the state’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers after state House Republicans sought to block the formation of an additional majority-black district.
Republican lawmakers in the state argued Evers’s maps shifted too many people to additional districts in an effort to comply with the federal Voting Rights Act. Justices issued an unsigned opinion tossing the voting maps drawn for the State Assembly and Senate but left in place the state’s congressional maps.
“On remand, the court is free to take additional evidence if it prefers to reconsider the Governor’s maps rather than choose from among the other submissions. Any new analysis, however, must comply with our equal protection jurisprudence,” according to the majority opinion.
It was not immediately clear how all justices voted in the ruling, though Justice Sonia Sotomayor called the decision “unprecedented” in a dissent joined by Justice Elena Kagan.
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