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Democrats argue relevant redistricting files erased right after ordered release

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Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A plaintiff in Wisconsin’s redistricting lawsuit said files were deleted at suspicious times from the computers used by legislative Republicans to re-draw their districts.

A group of Democrats said some documents were erased right after a federal court panel ordered the files to be released – and before Democrats ordered the documents when they temporarily took control of the Senate last year.

In a new court filing, the Democratic plaintiffs said some of the deleted files were probably relevant.

WisPolitics.Com reported on the Democrats’ contention, which comes during a forensic review of the data gathered by Republicans when they re-drew their state Senate and Assembly districts in secret in 2011.

The plaintiffs are trying to determine why some records were not turned over to them, as required by three federal judges during last year’s redistricting lawsuit.

The court found most of the districts met constitutional population requirements – but two Assembly districts had to be redrawn to guarantee Hispanic representation from Milwaukee.

The court filing also said the cost of the computer review was $100,000. That’s on top to around $2 million spent on the redistricting battle so far.

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