By John Hart
The gerrymandering of Wisconsin legislative district lines has again produced the anti-democratic result that was intended by former Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislative leaders when they drew maps that would thwart the will of the people.
This year, 46% of Wisconsin voters cast their ballots for Democratic state Assembly candidates, yet only 38% of the chamber’s 99 seats will be held by Democrats in the new legislative session. In this year’s state Senate races, 47% of Wisconsinites voted for Democrats, while just 38% of the seats went to Democrats.
In a state where Democrats have prevailed in every statewide election since 2018 — for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, state treasurer, secretary of state, U.S. senator and, now, president — it is wrong that Democrats will be outnumbered by an almost 2-1 margin in the next legislature.