Ulster County citizens sue to fix flawed redistricting map
Mid-Hudson News reports that some Ulster County Democratic voters filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court Nov. 9 to make the Ulster County Commission on Reapportionment's redistricting comply with a state law. An October 2021 state law mandates a five percent difference between the mean population of the largest and smallest county legislative districts, and Ulster County's map does not comply, making it illegal. The Ulster County Commission on Reapportionment has refused to draw a legal map. The Ulster County Attorney recently told the Ulster County Commission on Reapportionment that they should fix their errors. But Regis Obijiski, the commission's chair, then said, “Ulster County Reapportionment Commission that created the new map has no intention of going back and fixing their mistake…without a court order.” This civil complaint may provide that court order, with Ulster County Legislature Chair Tracey Bartels saying, “It is ridiculous that it should take a lawsuit by private individuals to get a public commission to fix the illegal issues.” Read the full story at Mid-Hudson News.