A federal trial gets underway this morning in a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s last round of legislative redistricting.
The case focuses on claims from Democrats that the maps unfairly give Republicans an advantage and amount to one of the worst cases of partisan gerrymandering in modern American history. The current district lines were drawn by Republicans in 2011, after they won majorities in both chambers and control of the governor’s office.
A three-judge panel rejected a request last month to dismiss the case, saying the case should be decided after a trial is held.
The trial, taking place in Madison, is expected to last through the end of the week.