University of Wisconsin–Madison

Bill Whitford: Why Wisconsin Is Not a Democracy

Professor Bill Whitford is the named plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case Gill v. Whitford. At issue is Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn legislative map, which Whitford and his co-plaintiffs argue is an unconstitutionally partisan gerrymander. A lower court sided with the plaintiffs, and the Supreme Court announced in June that it would consider the case.

“There is no remedy for excessive gerrymandering other than Supreme Court action,” writes Whitford in Time magazine. “Voters should choose their legislators. Instead, in Wisconsin and in many other states, legislators have chosen their voters.”

Read the complete Time magazine essay, “Why Wisconsin Is Not a Democracy,” published on June 23, 2017.

You can also listen to Kathleen Dunn’s June 26th interview with Whitford, "The Lasting Effects of Gerrymandering," on Wisconsin Public Radio.


Submitted by Tammy Kempfert on June 27, 2017

This article appears in the categories: Features

Submit an Article