On August 23, 2021, a coalition of community and voting rights organizations and Wisconsin voters filed a federal lawsuit against the members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission challenging the state's current legislative districts as unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Specifically, plaintiffs allege that the results of the 2020 Census show that population shifts over the last decade have now rendered Wisconsin's legislative districts malapportioned in violation of the one person, one vote constitutional requirement and that their 1st Amendment rights to communicate and contribute to candidates for the legislature are hindered without a valid redistricting plan in place. The plaintiffs are requesting a judicial declaration that the state's current legislative districts are unconstitutional, an injunction barring the plan from being utilized in future elections, and a court-established schedule that will enable the court to adopt and implement a new, valid redistricting plan in the event the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor are unable to do so in a timely manner.
On September 16, 2021, the court consolidated this action with a similar case challenging Wisconsin’s electoral districts, Hunter v. Bostelmann.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin - No. 3:21-cv-00534
- Complaint - 8/23/21
- Order Appointing Three-Judge Court - 8/26/21
- Parties Joint Proposal Regarding Scheduling - 9/13/21
- Plaintiffs' Statement Regarding Proposed Intervention - 9/13/21
- Opinion and Order - 9/16/21
- Motion to Intervene by the Proposed Plaintiff-Intervenors Citizen Data Scientists - 9/20/21
- Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Intervene by Proposed Plaintiff-Intervenors Citizen Data Scientists - 9/20/21
- Complaint of Intervenor-Plaintiffs - 9/21/21
- First Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief - 9/21/21
- Order - 9/21/21