Republicans won a massive redistricting trial in New York on Thursday that could cost Democrats three to four seats in the US Congress.
A lower New York court has thrown out the Democrats’ newly drawn gerrymandered map of the state because it violated the redistricting process in the state constitution. While the decision is huge for Republicans, the ruling will be appealed to the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.
If the decision is upheld on appeal, New York state lawmakers could miss the primary June deadline for creating a second map. The judge ordered state lawmakers to draw new lines with bipartisan support by April 11.
The gerrymandered map was originally designed with the help of 15 Assembly Republicans who may have legitimized the process that the court ruled illegal. The 15 Assembly Republicans have been in hot water due to the activation of the gerrymandered card.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) January 30, 2022
The card attempted to halve the Republican delegation using extreme gerrymandering tactics. In February, the lawsuit claimed that “the Legislative Assembly lacked the power to pass the new map because it did not follow the exclusive process for adopting the replacement maps that the people wrote into the 2014 amendments, which means the Congressional map sucks entirely.”
The lawsuit was filed in the Supreme Court of Steuben County, New York, a Republican stronghold in the southwestern part of the state. Judge Patrick McAllister sided with the Republicans because the maps did not follow the state’s constitutional process.
“This court finds that the November 2020 legislation that purported to authorize the legislature to act on the failure of the IRC was not a mere enactment of legislation to clarify or implement the Constitution, but in fact to substantially amend the Constitution,” the judge wrote on page 10 of the 18-page ruling. “Therefore, the Court finds that the recently passed congressional maps are unconstitutional.”
Early reading on the New York lower court judge blocking the Dems’ 22D-4R gerrymander: The decision will likely be stayed on appeal, so the Dems believe the card will stay in place, at least for 2022.
Huge stakes here, as a “neutral” map could cost the Dems 3-4 seats and wipe out their nationwide remapping gains. pic.twitter.com/qeAjHeWZ5z
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) March 31, 2022
In January, New York Democrats were able to push through and enact the now unconstitutional map because 15 Republicans in the state Assembly voted for the Assembly map drawn by Democrats to protect their own seats in the Assembly. These deputies likely legitimized the process that the lawsuit alleged was illegal.
Gavin Wax, president of the New York Young Republican Club, told Breitbart News on Friday that there “is no excuse” for the 15 Republicans to activate the Democratic card.
“The fact that a court in deep blue New York ruled these maps were unconstitutional and illegal shows how out of touch the 15 Assembly Republicans who voted for the state maps were,” said wax. “They had no excuse to break party ranks and vote with the Democrats.”
“I fear now that their votes to support the maps will be used against us if this goes on appeal,” Wax added of the 15 Assembly members who could have legitimized the flawed redistricting process that the lawsuit ruled illegal. .
Here are the 15 members of the State Assembly who voted with Democrats to legitimize the gerrymandering process:
GOP Leader William Barclay
Michael Fitzpatrick NY8
Karl Brabenec 98
Brian Miller 101
Chris Tag 102
Kieran Michael Lalor 105
Joseph Angelino 122
John Lemondes 126
Philip Palmesano 132
Josh Jensen 134
stephen hawley 139
Michael Norris 144
Angelo Morinello 145
Andy Goodel 150
Joseph M. Giglio 148
Overall, Republicans struggled to redistrict. According to David Wasserman, editor of the Cook Political Report, the Democrats took a two to three seat advantage in the redistricting battle where the Republicans were expected to dominate.
The establishment media has even remarked on how “strangely well” Democrats are doing in national redistricting battles. “[A]According to at least one analyst, there is actually an outside chance that the final map will be tilted, ever so slightly, in the democrats favour”, the New York magazine reported in December.
The deal is harkenrider v. Governor Hochul. The case number is not assigned to the Supreme Court of Steuben County, New York.
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