Maps Madness Basketball Game

June 14, 2018

On March 7, 2018, on the south side of the Madison Capitol, a strange game of basketball took place.

It featured five players in yellow jerseys marked “Politician,” and three players in purple jerseys marked “People.”

The politicians got to shoot at a hoop that was only six-feet high, while the understaffed “People” had to shoot at a ten-foot hoop.

What’s more, the referee was biased. He tipped the ball to the “Politicians” and he disallowed the only hoop that that “People” scored.

This rigged basketball game illustrated the rigged redistricting map that the Republicans drew in 2011, said the organizers of this spoof.

"What you just saw here was a rigged game, which is just like the rigged system that we have here in Wisconsin," said Sachin Chheda of the Fair Elections Project.

Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, was one of three players in purple.

“Let’s be clear: The rigging of the political maps in Wisconsin is part and parcel of the rigging of our democracy in Wisconsin,” he said. “We have a crisis of representation in Wisconsin, both because of the rigged maps and also because of the corrupting influence of money in politics in Wisconsin. 242 years ago, our Founders fought the War for Independence over the issue of fair representation. It’s a bedrock principle of our democracy. We need fair maps and fair representation now.”