(TargetLiberty.org) – States are currently redrawing their congressional districts in the wake of the 2020 Census. There are now gerrymandering fights across the country as politicians redraw the lines to benefit their parties. One of those battles is unfolding in New York.
On Thursday, February 3, Governor Kathy Hochul (D) approved a new congressional map that would cripple Republicans in the Empire State. The NY state delegation currently includes 8 Republicans and 19 Democrats, but is going to lose a seat because of its shrinking population. The new congressional map could give the left 22 of the 26 seats.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) January 30, 2022
Democrats claim the new map is legal, saying it represents the shift in population over the last decade.
Republicans have slammed the new map, calling it partisan gerrymandering. A group of GOP-led voters filed a lawsuit the same day Hochul signed off on the new boundaries. The 67-page lawsuit accuses Democrats of violating a 2014 congressional amendment put in place to stop gerrymandering. The suit asks the court to reject the new congressional map on the grounds it’s an “unconstitutional partisan and incumbent-protection gerrymander.”
The map now hinges on how the state’s judges interpret the anti-gerrymandering provision in the 2014 amendment which has yet to be tested.
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