MADISON — Speaker of the Assembly and local representative Robin Vos was one of several Republican leaders subpoenaed Friday to testify in an ongoing state redistricting case.
Peter Earle, attorney for Milwaukee-based immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera, said Vos, R-Rochester, was summoned to testify under oath as the group seeks to examine certain state computers for evidence of documents potentially wrongfully withheld in connection with the 2011 legislative redistricting process. Voces contends that state officials won’t tell them where those computers are located.
“The question of where these computers are and whether all documents on the computers have been produced is crucial to the case,” Earle said.
Voces is one of two groups suing the state over the 2011 redistricting maps, which they allege unfairly weakened Latinos’ voting rights in Milwaukee. During redistricting, the Legislature is tasked with redrawing voting district boundaries based on population changes, according to Census data. The once-a-decade process was controlled by Republican legislators in 2011, after divided legislative control put that power in the courts’ hands for the past several decades.
A panel of federal judges last year ruled in Voces’ favor, ordering that two Assembly districts in the Milwaukee area be adjusted accordingly, but subsequent failure to disclose certain documents related to the process has kept the case in motion for the past five months.
In August the plaintiffs said they wanted to search three state computers used in the redistricting process, and they sought subpoenas so they could find out where the computers were.
Subpoenas were served last week on Vos, as well as Senate Chief Clerk Jeffrey Renk, Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller and the Legislative Technology Service Bureau, according to media reports.
Vos is expected to appear in Dane County Circuit Court Friday at 10 a.m., Earle said.
The Speaker declined to comment on the case Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.