Wisconsin Dept. of Justice wants redistricting suit dismissed

WiG

The Wisconsin Department of Justice this week moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed over a state legislative district map.

The lawsuit makes the case that the 2011 lines were drawn to the advantage of Republicans and asks that the map’s boundaries be thrown out. The challenge says the map is “one of the worst gerrymanders in modern American history.”

On Aug. 18, DOJ attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. They argue that no standard exists for measuring the burden a gerrymander places on the right to legislative representation.

The state also claims that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit don’t have standing to sue unless they live in a gerrymandered district.

The case is pending in federal court.