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  •  Racine/Kenosha (0+ / 0-)

    How much of the disenfranchisement is due solely to what the Republicans did in the Racine/Kenosha area, with moving all the suburban people from the 22nd district into the 21st district?

    Isn't it possible that the courts might just switch the Racine/Kenosha districts back to being county based districts and leave most of the rest of it alone?

    •  I guess to further clarify (0+ / 0-)

      The point is that unlike what is going on right now in Texas, there is no preclearance requirement for Wisconsin.  The Republican drawn maps would be entitled to some type of deference by the courts and they'd only be able to make the minimum changes necessary to reduce the even/odd issues.  

      I doubt that they'd throw it back to the legislature if indeed they do find the maps unconstitutional--they'd just draw the maps with as little change as is necessary to correct the unconstitutionality of it.  

      •  Racine/Kenosha was the worst offender of all (1+ / 0-)
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        at around 90k people at once. But it wasn't the only thing wrong with the map. SD-24 and SD-31 were modified in a rather strange way to make up for shrinking SD-10, and other such shifts in districts (some for a tiny gain in PVI) total about 200k.

        Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02

        by fearlessfred14 on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 11:10:38 AM PST

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    •  If there are 300,000 people who are switched (1+ / 0-)
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      Then it is more than the 21/22.
      In regards to the comment below. I really do not know.  I think this map is largely a least change map that reflects the population growth in Dane county and in the 10th, with the exceptions being 30/2 and of course the 5/8 configuration.

      All Wisconsin, All the Time, Social Democrat, currently NY-22 (College), WI-05 (Home)

      by glame on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 10:59:01 AM PST

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      •  Least change from what, though? (0+ / 0-)

        It would have to be a least change map from the new Republican maps, not the old 2000 court drawn maps.

        In terms of what happened to SD-10, (responding to Fearless Fred) it doesn't border any even numbered districts so you'd have to dump some people from SD-10 into an odd district no matter what.

        •  You would need to do a dump from SD10 (0+ / 0-)

          but you wouldn't need to have the district that receives those voters give other voters to an even-numbered district, thus causing another odd district down the line to absorb even-district voters. I'll look at doing a least change from the GOP map to bring even-odd disenfranchisement under 100k.

          Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02

          by fearlessfred14 on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 11:28:16 AM PST

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          •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

            That would be interesting to see.  

            I imagine that the "disenfranchisement" theory will probably succeed, based on precedent.  However, we should not get our hopes up for a map like glame's map above.  Looking forward to see what you come up with, and whether there would be any meaningful differences in terms of winnable districts outside of Racine/Kenosha under a least change from the GOP map.  

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