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Attorneys For Democratic Voters Revive Wisconsin Redistricting Lawsuit

Attorneys looking to throw out Wisconsin's legislative boundaries filed an amended complaint in federal court on Friday.  It adds more voters as plaintiffs in a lawsuit, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider the case this past summer.

A dozen voters filed a federal lawsuit in 2015, alleging Republicans unconstitutionally consolidated their power when they redrew the boundaries in 2011.  A federal three-judge panel agreed, but the state justice department appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The high court in June refused to hear the case, saying the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue on a statewide basis.  Rather than dismissing the lawsuit, the justices gave the plaintiffs a chance to prove they have standing. 

Attorneys filed an amended complaint Friday, adding 28 additional Democratic voters across 34 districts as plaintiffs, alleging the boundaries hurt each of them. 

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.
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