New York’s court tosses Democratic-drawn redistricting map

The New York high court has tossed out a Democratic drawn state congressional map ruling that it was unconstitutional gerrymandering pointed at election Democrats. 

According to a report by The Hill, the ruling came down in a 4-3 split from the state Court of Appeals in a decision has a devastating impact on state Democratic hopefuls.

“The maps out of New York had emerged as a bright spot for Democrats, who sought to more aggressively push their political advantage in the state,” the publication reported.

Republicans need only five seats to gain control of the House and gain the majority in that congressional branch, and the new map, which was signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) in February, could have helped with that goal.

The map that was shot down created 20 Democratic-leaning areas and four Republican-leaning seats and two other seats would be competitive, but tilted Democratic.

The ruling came down on Wednesday and the court, made up of seven judges appointed by Democrats, ordered that the lines be redrawn by a court-appointed special master before the midterm elections in the fall.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore wrote for the majority and said that the map is “substantively unconstitutional as drawn with impermissible partisan purpose.”

“In other words, the State respondents urge that the 2022 congressional and senate elections be conducted using the unconstitutional maps, deferring any remedy for a future election,” she wrote. “We reject this invitation to subject the People of this state to an election conducted pursuant to an unconstitutional reapportionment.

“Through the 2014 amendments, the People of this state adopted substantial redistricting reforms aimed at ensuring that the starting point for redistricting legislation would be district lines proffered by a bipartisan commission following significant public participation, thereby ensuring each political party and all interested persons a voice in the composition of those lines,” she wrote.