Steuben County Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister, a Republican, tossed out the Democrat Party’s unconstitutional congressional maps. The state legislature is now ordered to redraw the maps by April 11.
The Democrat proposed map knocked out four Republican seats.
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Kathy Hochul issued a joint statement condemning the judge’s ruling. Democrats hate it when they get caught and called out.
Via Binghamton News.
A New York state judge on Thursday threw out the state’s new Democratic-backed congressional map as unconstitutional and ordered lawmakers to redraw the lines, a decision that could significantly hurt the party’s chances of retaining control of the U.S. Congress in November’s elections.
Steuben County Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister said the map violated a constitutional provision that districts should not be drawn to favor one political party over another.
The map, passed by the Democratic-controlled legislature and signed into law by Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul in February, gave the party the advantage in 22 of the state’s 26 districts, according to analysts. Democrats currently hold 19 of 27 districts and the state will lose one seat this year due to sluggish population growth.
The plan helped offset Republican-skewed maps in states such as Texas and Georgia and went a long way toward erasing what had initially been expected to be a challenging national redistricting cycle for Democrats…
…Thursday’s decision is the second redistricting setback for Democrats in the span of a week. A Maryland court last Friday tossed a new Democratic-drawn map as an illegal gerrymander.