Wisconsin’s battle over redistricting is on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen plans to appeal a federal district court ruling in a lawsuit challenging the new maps. A three judge panel ruled last month that Republicans violated the Voting Rights Act in drawing two Milwaukee districts, because of how they divided the Hispanic population. Other challenges to the maps were dismissed.
Van Hollen has filed a notice of intent to appeal, but has not disclosed the reason for the request.
The decision could actually reopen the debate over redistricting because it gives plaintiffs a chance to ask the Supreme Court to adjust other portions of the maps.
All redistricting appeals go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, and justices are required to take those cases.