Daily Bread for 9.28.21: Millions Then, Only a Couple of Dozen Now

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 78.  Sunrise is 6:50 AM and sunset 6:40 PM for 11h 50m 03s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 55.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

 The Whitewater Finance Committee meets at 4:30 PM.

 On this day in 1066, William the Conqueror lands in England, beginning the Norman conquest.

 Patrick Marley reports Republicans say they want few redistricting changes, but a decade ago they moved millions of voters into new districts:

MADISON – Republican state lawmakers say they want to make as few changes as possible to Wisconsin’s election maps, but they took a dramatically different approach when they drew new legislative districts a decade ago.

Then, GOP lawmakers moved huge swaths of voters into new districts to help create maps that would give them large majorities in the Legislature. In one case, they moved 719 times more voters than they needed to move in one Assembly district.

Now, Republicans are claiming changes to the districts should be minimal — an approach that would ensure the next set of maps continues to help Republicans.

States must draw new maps after each census to make sure districts have equal populations. How the lines are drawn can dramatically boost one political party’s electoral chances.


A panel of three judges that year [2012] noted that about 320,000 people needed to be moved into new Assembly districts to balance the populations of the districts. Instead, Republicans moved nearly 2.4 million voters into new Assembly districts as they drew maps to maximize their advantage, the court noted.

Similarly, lawmakers needed to move about 230,000 voters into new Senate districts but instead moved 1.2 million of them. (While all of those voters were placed in new districts, many of them stayed on the same election schedule and didn’t have to wait an extra two years before they could vote in a Senate race.)

At a district-by-district level, the changes could be dramatic.

For instance, lawmakers needed to make virtually no changes to the 60th Assembly District in Ozaukee County because it was underpopulated by just 10 people. Republican legislators instead decided to move about 17,600 people out of the district and about 18,000 people into the district. The shift moved 719 times as many people as what was needed, University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Ken Mayer noted in court testimony at the time.

For the WISGOP, that was then, but this is now…

See also Wisconsin Counties Backing Fair Maps and But Whose New Maps for Wisconsin?

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