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Parties move to dismiss Wisconsin redistricting case

June 28, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All parties in a federal lawsuit challenging Republican-drawn legislative boundaries in Wisconsin are ready to dismiss the case in light of a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Democratic voters sued in 2015 alleging the boundaries unconstitutionally dilute Democrats’ voting power by spreading them out in Republican-heavy districts or packing them together in areas already leaning left.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that partisan gerrymandering claims don’t belong in federal court.

Lawyers representing the voters, the state Department of Justice and Assembly Republicans all filed motions Friday seeking to dismiss the case.

DOJ and Assembly attorneys noted they’ll seek reimbursement of their legal fees and costs from the plaintiff voters. The voters’ attorneys say they shouldn’t have to pay since the case wasn’t decided on the merits.

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