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Is the Republican gerrymander after the 2010 census the only reason for the GOP’s dominance of the Wisconsin Legislature?

No. Although Republican lawmakers redrew legislative districting maps in 2011 that in effect highly favored their electoral outcomes in the Wisconsin State Legislature, experts have argued that Wisconsin’s natural political geography also is somewhat biased in favor of Republicans.

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Can Wisconsin redraw its legislative and congressional maps before the next census?

Yes. In League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled there are no provisions in the Constitution or federal law prohibiting states from redrawing their congressional or legislative maps at any time. However, they must redistrict at least every 10 years after the national census is completed.

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Can federal authorities monitor elections in Wisconsin?

Yes. The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has the responsibility to enforce federal voting rights statutes including the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in states, which it does through observing elections in the field. Federal elections monitoring has taken place since the passage of the act.