The deadline for new state legislative maps to be submitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12.
Hey, that’s today!
Several of the submissions have now been made public, including maps from the plaintiffs in the case, represented by Law Forward, Stafford Rosenbaum, the Election Law Clinic at Harvard Law School, Campaign Legal Center, and Arnold & Porter. You can see those submissions on Dave’s Redistricting App (DRA) here (Senate, Assembly).
Senate Democrats have also submitted maps and posted them on DRA. You can see those maps here (Senate, Assembly).
Gov. Tony Evers has also submitted maps and posted them on DRA. You can see those maps here (Senate, Assembly).
We know our readers here at The Recombobulation Area are very interested in redistricting and these maps, so please, share your thoughts, insights, and any additional information in the comments below in this thread.
New maps! Let’s recombobulate!
Here's the WILL maps: https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::55a849c8-0687-4b89-ab78-b6b3c4e8097b (Assembly) and https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::26aa9638-8740-4373-8059-a599d48ff2ae (Senate).
Honestly the Senate Democrats and WILL are probably the two best options.
Three above in the OP, the WILL link pinned here in comments, and reader shares the rest:
Republican legislators: https://acefiling.wicourts.gov/document/eFiled/2023AP001399/751962
Wright (the case brought through a secondary challenge, "citizen mathematicians and scientists"):
- Senate: https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::ce37e27e-c63e-4e1e-84d6-8756f5cefea4
- Assembly: https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::212e431d-2eb2-4253-b024-fb0d570e4bd4
Matt Petering, PhD (UW-Milwaukee professor, "algorithm" map):
- Senate: https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::cde7eca5-bab8-4e01-90f5-984ae02793a0
- Assembly: https://davesredistricting.org/maps#viewmap::681929c4-f023-4cb7-9c39-2308758e6997
Here's my analysis of how these 7 plans perform across the criteria laid out in the Court's majority opinion. https://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/2024/01/analysis-of-proposed-legislative-redistricting-plans-submitted-to-the-wisconsin-supreme-court/
Feel free to dig into the code and additional metrics contained in this repo: https://github.com/jdjohn215/wi-legis-map-proposals-2024/tree/main
These maps are about 50-50. Most curious about what incumbent Rs would be displaced. Looks like Jessie Rodriguez would lose her seat.
Everyone should be following John Johnson from Marquette University, who has already laid the groundwork for some terrific analysis of the various maps submissions.
See his work here: https://github.com/jdjohn215/wi-legis-map-proposals-2024
Follow him on Twitter here: https://x.com/jdjmke
For reference, here are my in-depth previews of the 2022 state legislative elections in the...
So we’re going to have seven total submissions to look through, per the MJS.
From “ Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, Republican legislative leaders, Democratic lawmakers, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professors, the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and the petitioners who brought the lawsuit who are represented by Law Forward, a liberal legal firm.”
The Democratic proposals are probably good on partisanship (if not a little too good) and are horrible on just about everything else. The districts are not compact and have minimal care for municipal or county boundaries. Most people who aren't partisan Dems, if they see the proposed maps, won't see them as good and instead see a map that Dem politicians drew for their own benefit
Yeah, the Law Forward maps are definitely the best. Biden won in 2020. The majority of districts in both chambers should be Biden districts.
Personally, from what I see:
Clarke > Tony Evers > Dem State Senators
Haven't seen the others, though I'd imagine the Republicans plan would go in last place for me lol
Petering maps are interesting. Republicans have very slight institutional advantage (which is just a fact, I suppose) but seats largely would follow statewide voting trends.
At some point, I’m gonna read all these links and form my own opinions, but my short question right now is has someone done a chart or matrix that compares expected partisanship, as well as other important measures like compactness and breaking of municipal and county lines? So folks can see some side-by-side data comparisons? I’d love to know some quantitative comparisons and be able to see it all in one chart.
John Johnson just seems to have published his: https://github.com/jdjohn215/wi-legis-map-proposals-2024
I’m so confused as to why we are drawing maps based on votes for either party. I have moved three times since the last time I voted. And I vote for a person not a party. How am I being fairly represented by changing a map?
Wait. Before you jump all over me and give me an answer I that.
What I’m really asking is why are we making maps based on parties? Shouldn’t they be just based on location? Municipalities and counties or natural boundaries?
The false narrative pushed by the right in Wisconsin about new maps being drawn to gerrymander in favor of Democrats needs to end today. On every map submitted, per John Johnson's research, Republicans would have won a majority in three Assembly using numbers from the 2022 election.
Legislative Republicans coming back after *all this* with the same degree of absurd gerrymandering in their submitted map is so hilariously on the nose.
I've updated my analysis to reflect a joint stipulation filed by the parties. According to this document, the blocks which make the Senate Democrats plan noncontiguous (according to the US Census Bureau's GIS file) should nonetheless be treated as contiguous for the purposes of evaluation a plan. I'm not yet certain of the reasoning here, but the join stipulation was agreed to by all parties, so I've include it's outcome in the scorecards. Read the stipulation yourself here if that's how you like to spend your Saturday nights. https://www.wicourts.gov/courts/supreme/origact/docs/23ap1399_0102stip.pdf
Honestly from a central WI perspective my top 2 are Petering and Every, they make sense in terms of compactness and distribution.