An appeals court in the state has temporarily halted a political plan for redistricting in the state. An investigation into how district boundaries were drawn concluded that the process was highly skewed in favor of one political party over another.
There was no Republican input into the 2022 congressional redistricting plans, according to a majority finding by five judges. It passed the Legislature without one Republican vote in favor.
The 2012 map contained 19 Democratic districts and eight Republican districts. As the population of New York continues to decline, the current map will have one less seat for the state. In spite of that, this alternate strategy would have resulted in the loss of five more seats for the Republican Party overall. This means that a state with 27 congressional districts may have a maximum of three Republican members.
It's impossible to find a state that's this shade of blue. The worst thing is that Democrats could still get away with it.
According to Politico, state Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy said, "We are happy the Court upheld the legislature's process" and that the house had the power to impose these maps.
The newly revised Senate and Assembly maps are now accepted as valid. Ultimately, this case would have ended up in the Court of Appeals. We can't wait to make our case for keeping the current congressional boundaries.
This judgement was not as significant as the one handed down in late March by a lower court. In Steuben County, a Republican State Judge ruled that since the constitutional amendment mandating redistricting from 2014 was not implemented, the Legislature did not have the jurisdiction to establish the boundaries.
However, since Democrats opted to disobey a state legislation that they had previously enacted in order to remove politics from the redistricting processes, the state Constitution is silent on this issue. Finally, the Commission gave up and did not make any suggestions on the drafting of district boundaries.
After the Census revealed that Democrats were set to lose seats in seven blue states, the Democrats opted to reverse their own method. It was critical that New York defeat Florida and Texas' gerrymandering in order to ensure the success of the Republican Party.
To gain political advantage over the Republicans, the Democrats made up the myth that they had been rejected by the "Bipartisan Redrawing Commission." Then, they slaughtered the Republicans.
The great majority of appellate judges, on the other hand, sided with the Republican Party's stance. As part of their complaint, they argued that the new state constitution prohibits drawing district lines to promote a certain political party.
Over the objection of two of the five judges, this decision was made. They argued that it was acceptable to question the validity of Republicans' use of a gerrymandering strategy to prove their point. Republicans made this case.
State's highest court, Court of Appeals in this jurisdiction, will handle the case. Democrats nominated and confirmed each and every one of the present court members.
Feuding among the ranks of the New York Republican Party has shattered the party's unity. There is limited hope for the party's future since it does not now hold any state-level positions. Redistricting will provide the same outcomes as the previous time around. New York's one-party rule will persist as long as Republicans continue to fight among themselves ineffectively.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Real News Real Patriots.