REPORT: How New York Democrats are trying to redraw maps and win back the state

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Last year, New York’s highest court invalidated the state’s congressional map drawn by Democrats, citing the leaders’ attempts to gerrymander the districts.

The New York State Court of Appeals ruled in a 4-3 decision in April 2022 that the Democrats violated anti-gerrymandering reforms enacted in 2014 to protect minority voting rights, finding evidence that the “congressional map was unconstitutionally drawn with political bias.”

Democrats are now arguing again in favor of redrawing maps, saying the new maps held an unfair factor in the New York red wave last year.

The report explains that on Thursday, attorneys commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee argued before an Albany appeals court in hopes of reviving the redrawn congressional lines case.

In a separate report, Politico wrote:

At issue now is whether the maps drawn by the courts were a one-off deal used only for the 2022 elections.

“The IRC has a constitutional obligation to finish drawing New York’s congressional map,” said attorney Aria Branch of the Elias Law Group, a Democratic-aligned firm which brought the case. The court “drew a map in emergency circumstances for the 2022 elections only. That emergency is now over.”

If they win, the entire process would presumably start over. A reconstituted redistricting committee would hold hearings throughout the state this fall and produce new plans by January. If two sets of the maps are voted down, Democrats in the state Legislature could have a new chance to pick up the pen and draw more advantageous lines.

Republicans argue that such a solution would be off the table. They point to constitutional language that says that any redistricting plans “shall be in force” until after the next decennial census “unless modified pursuant to a court order.”

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