Gerrymandering is alive and well. Let’s look at the data.


Urban Milwaukee‘s “Data Wonk”, Bruce Thompson, digs into November’s election numbers, where Republicans won 63 of the 99 Assembly districts (63.6 percent), while Democrats won 36 (36.4 percent). How does the breakdown in number of seats compare to the actual vote totals for candidates? Here, things get a bit complicated.

When Republicans lose, they work harder to rig the game

Assembly Majority Speaker Robin Vos said recently: “I do not like the fact that Madison and Milwaukee chose Governor Evers and they’re the reason that he won.” So since then, Vos and his party have set out to rectify the perceived injustice. > New York Magazine

Republican gerrymandering has basically destroyed representative democracy in Wisconsin

The key to a successful gerrymander is making it election-proof: drawing lines to ensure that, no matter how constituents vote, the power of the gerrymanderers prevails. What’s happening in Madison is pretty compelling evidence that the Court needs to find a way to resolve this problem before representative democracy in Wisconsin ceases to exist. > GQ

The GOP election plan is simple: When you don’t win, cheat

The voter disenfranchisement on display in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina is an extension of broader Republican efforts to reject the will of citizens who vote in ways they don’t like, the same people who might block their path to power in future elections. The devil takes many forms, as does voter suppression. > Rolling Stone

New election data highlights the ongoing impact of 2011 GOP redistricting in Wisconsin

Scott Walker lost his statewide race for governor by 1 point, but carried 63 of 99 Assembly districts, reflecting the pro-GOP tilt of the legislative map in Wisconsin. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Democrats fear GOP redistricting end-around


Wisconsin Democrats scored a huge win when Tony Evers captured the governor’s office last month. But an even bigger fight is looming as Republican lawmakers prepare to redraw legislative boundaries, stirring fears among Democrats that their rivals could take unprecedented steps to remove Evers from the process. > AP News