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Democrats in court again, trying for new Congressional district maps

Mar 31, 2023 12:59 am

Brendan J. Lyons reports in the Times Union that Democrats in a New York appellate court have a lawsuit that would redraw the Congressional district maps. The lawsuit seeks to compel the state Independent Redistricting Commission to create yet another map of New York's congressional boundaries. The Independent Redistricting Commission deadlocked along partisan lines and failed to create a map originally, so the Democrat-led Legislature stepped in and created a map that was thrown out of court because it was considered gerrymandered to favor Democrats. Then a special master created the district lines that are currently in place. Democrats have hired the Elias Law Group in Washington, D.C., which touts itself as "the nation’s largest law firm focused on representing the Democratic Party, Democratic campaigns, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to securing a progressive future." The case is scheduled in May before the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Albany. It is possible that Congressional elections in 2020, 2022, and 2024 could have three different district maps if the Democrats prevail. Read more about this story in the Times Union.