The New York Constitution says that redistricting must be fair and provide for competition but the Democrats are ignoring the law again and doing what best suits their radical far-left initiatives that are killing the state.
One of the biggest takeaways from the congressional redistricting process thus far has been that neither party has made major gains. But the congressional map that New York legislators just introduced is so skewed toward Democrats that it could single-handedly change that.
New York is, of course, a blue state; it gave President Biden 61 percent of the vote in the 2020 presidential election. But if it becomes law (a good possibility but far from a certainty; read on), this map would put Democrats in position to win between 77 percent and 85 percent of New York’s congressional seats. The map creates 20 districts with a FiveThirtyEight partisan lean1 of D+5 or bluer and only four districts with partisan leans of R+5 or redder. There would also be only two highly competitive districts (between D+5 and R+5), and both of those would tilt toward Democrats too (with partisan leans of D+3 and D+4).
But New York isn’t the only state doing this. Obama’s former Attorney General is behind a redistricting effort around the country where he is pushing unconstitutional maps across the country that give the Democrats an unreasonable amount of seats nationwide.
These efforts are likely unconstitutional across the country. FiveThirtyEight says this about New York:
But even if the proposal passes, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will survive legal muster. Just as Democrats have sued to overturn Republican-biased maps in states like North Carolina and Ohio, Republicans would presumably file a lawsuit against this map for being a partisan gerrymander. The New York state constitution states, “Districts shall not be drawn to discourage competition or for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring incumbents or other particular candidates or political parties.” It also requires districts to be contiguous and “as compact … as practicable,” criteria that certain districts in the new map may not satisfy. For instance, the new 3rd District jumps across the Long Island Sound to connect Westchester County and Long Island, while the new 10th District snakes from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn.