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WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network is a 501c3 nonprofit organization funded by charitable contributions. The network is the nation’s first and only independent State Capitol broadcast organization, operating much like C-SPAN at the national level. Click on the links below to view the 11/21 oral arguments before the court and an informative discussion of the issues; you will be asked to open a free basic account prior to viewing.


Newsmakers: A Preview of Clarke v. WEC

This show aired the day beforetThe Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments on November 21 in a case that has the potential to upend the entire State Legislature. Interested parties will be weighing in on whether the state's current legislative map is constitutional - and if not, what should be done about it. Host Lisa Pugh is joined by Marquette University Law School's John Johnson, Lubar Center Research Fellow and Craig Gilbert, Lubar Fellow to preview Clarke v. WEC.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court: Rebecca Clarke v. Wisconsin Elections Commission

On November 21, 2023, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Rebecca Clarke v. Wisconsin Elections Commission. Appeal Number 2023AP001399 - OA. On August 2, 2023, 19 petitioners filed this lawsuit at the Wisconsin Supreme Court as an original action. Petitioners allege Wisconsin's legislative maps are "extreme partisan gerrymanders" that violate the Wisconsin Constitution. The Wisconsin Supreme Court granted Petitioners' petition to take jurisdiction of an original action on October 6, 2023, but limited the scope of the inquiry.

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LeaderEthics Wisconsin presents...
Gerrymandering Trends and the Future of American Democracy
March 29, 2022

A conversation with Adam Podowitz-Thomas of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project about national trends and implications for future elections. The program begins at about 23:12 minutes.

Wisconsin Supreme Courts Hears Arguments Over Congressional Maps

On January 19, 2022, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments in a high-stakes case regarding redistricting in one of the country’s most contentious battleground states. NBC News’ Shaq Brewster provides a good overview of what led up to the court hearing and how redistricting could impact the upcoming midterm elections.
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Redistricting and Gerrymandering

The post-2020 redistricting cycle is in full swing. Enjoy a virtual discussion about unfolding developments, emerging themes, and what to expect going forward in Wisconsin and around the country.


  • Barry Burden (UW-Madison)
  • Ruth Greenwood (Harvard)
  • Robert Yablon (UW-Madison
  • Emily Zhang (Stanford)

Moderator: Miriam Seifter (UW-Madison)

The Importance of Fair Courts Webinar: A LWVWI Virtual Forum on the Courts' Role in Redistricting and what Voters Should Expect from the Process 

Doug Poland, Stafford Rosenbaum (Gill v. Whitford firm)
Doug Keith, Brennan Center for Justice
Debra Cronmiller, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin

Highly Informative!

On Tuesday, November 2, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin sponsored a statewide forum to highlight the importance of Fair Courts in Wisconsin. As the District Maps move closer to be being drawn in the Courts, it is important to understand the role courts have played in redistricting in the past, what voters should expect from the courts, and what the League has been doing in and out of the courts to ensure Fair Maps.   

The latest in Wisconsin...

NOV. 18, 2021
On Nov. 18, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the congressional map passed by Republicans in the state legislature, sending responsibility for redistricting to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The Republican map was not so different from the current map — which was drawn by Republicans in 2011 — although the districts are more compact, a likely attempt to insulate Republican lawmakers from the accusations of gerrymandering they've weathered over the past decade. The proposal did slightly increase the Republican lean of the 3rd Congressional District, which is currently held by retiring Democrat Ron Kind. But since that district already leans Republican by 9 points, it will be a difficult seat for Democrats to hold onto in 2022 unless it’s made more Democratic-leaning in the redistricting process.

Despite the responsibility for drawing new maps falling to the legislature, Evers put together a “People’s Maps Commission,” which is charged with processing public comments and drawing up what are meant to be fair maps. While the commission’s proposed map was not adopted by the legislature, it could be used in court arguments down the line.

Wisconsin’s current congressional map favors Republicans, so it is unsurprising that the commission map is more favorable to Democrats than the current one. The proposed map would create an extremely competitive 1st District, which currently leans Republican by 14 points according to FiveThirtyEight’s partisan lean metric, and would make the 3rd District slightly less Republican leaning, although still favorable to the GOP. All in all, there would be five Republican-leaning districts, two Democratic-leaning districts and one highly competitive district under this plan.

The proposal doesn’t put Democrats on an equal footing to Republicans in purple Wisconsin, but that is in large part thanks to geography. Democrats are highly concentrated in Dane and Milwaukee counties, while Republicans aren’t as highly concentrated in any one part of the rest of the state. It simply would be very difficult to make Democrats competitive in an equal number of seats to Republicans without drawing funkier lines and breaking up municipalities, which the commission was directed not to do.

A New Podcast from WPR
A Six-Part Series Tells the Story of the  2011 WI Redistricting Battle 

In 2011, Wisconsin's legislative redistricting process was anything but routine. It included secret meetings, deleted documents and a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As Wisconsin prepares for another redistricting battle at the state Capitol and in the courts, WPR's new investigative podcast "Mapped Out" dives into how things went down a decade ago — how the process was supposed to go, how it really happened, and how those decisions affected the balance of political power in the state for years to come.

Hosted by special projects reporter Bridgit Bowden and Capitol bureau chief Shawn Johnson, "Mapped Out" is a six-part series debuting in September that will give the lowdown on Wisconsin's redistricting past and let listeners know what the next set of maps could mean.

US Census Bureau Releases Redistricting Data:
The League Of Women Voters Of Wisconsin
Highlights The Role Of Legislators and Fair Courts 
In Ensuring Fair Districts

8/12/21 Statement from LWVWI



The People’s Maps Commission's success in creating fair maps depends on public input. The Commission held hearings in each of Wisconsin’s eight congressional districts, listening to Wisconsinites about the effects of redistricting on local communities. Redistricting experts also testified about the redistricting process, the dangers of partisan gerrymandering, and the best path to achieve fair maps in Wisconsin. Based on what they heard, the Commission created a ranked list of map-drawing criteria.

PMC Criteria for Map Drawing

People's Maps Commission Public Comment Portal

Fair Maps Panel Discussion
for Can You Hear Us Now?

The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area and the AAUW-La Crosse Branch hosted a special screening of Can You Hear Us Now?, a new film that shows the personal impact of gerrymandering in the state of Wisconsin. The goal of the screening was to raise awareness and invite Wisconsinites to join the fight to end gerrymandering in Wisconsin this year!