THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2023
In one case, this bad: Yesterday, Kevin Drum sounded off about Wisconsin's "egregiously gerrymandered legislative map."
When people talk about the gerrymanders of Wisconsin, they're generally talking about the way the state's Republicans have gerrymandered districts for the state legislature, not necessarily for Wisconsin's eight seats in the U.S. House.
So it was with Drum, who correctly said that Wisconsin's "state Senate districts are wildly gerrymandered."
That said, how wildly gerrymandered are they? How crazy does it actually get—for example, in The Gerrymanders of Dane County?
For the start of an answer, just click here to examine the gerrymandering involved in Wisconsin's 47th Assembly district.
(Full disclosure: The district has been gerrymandered to assure that a Democrat will win the seat with a gigantic boatload of "wasted votes." This helps Republicans win elsewhere.)
Go ahead! Just click on that Wikipedia map to see how crazy our world has become. We'll quote this statement from that leading authority:
In its current boundaries, the 47th district is one of several districts which violate the Wisconsin Constitution's requirement for districts to "consist of contiguous territory."
Go ahead—examine that map! The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but some Badger State districts, a bit like our nation, have come almost wholly undone!