Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a ruling that overturned the state’s Republican-drawn legislative districts. In a first-of-its kind decision last year, a panel of federal judges ruled Wisconsin’s legislative map was a partisan gerrymander that was “intended to burden the rights of Democratic voters” by making it harder for them to translate votes into legislative seats. In a separate order issued earlier this year, the court told lawmakers to redraw the map by Nov. 1 so it would be ready for the 2018 general election.
In a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, Schimel argued the lower court ruling had gone too far.
“This unprecedented decision violates this Court’s caselaw in several respects and should not be permitted to stand,” Schimel said in the filing, arguing that legislatures such as Wisconsin’s should be given deference by courts when they draw plans that adhere to traditional redistricting criteria.