New York’s highest court launches card that favored Democrats

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Election analyst Nathan L. Gonzales had assessed the races for the seats held by Republican Representatives Lee Zeldini and John Katko, who are not running this year, as likely Democratic. The seat held by GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, who faces a rematch against former Democratic Rep. Max Rose, was seeded.

Representatives for Hochul and other callers, as well as the League of Women Voters of New York, and voters who challenged the map, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. Paul Smith, senior vice president of the Campaign Legal Center who submitted an amicus brief against the card, welcomed the decision on Wednesday.

“When given the opportunity, politicians of both parties engage in partisan gerrymandering to divide voters into constituencies that serve their political interests rather than the interests of voters. Regardless of which party is in power, gerrymandering is directly at odds with a well-functioning democracy and the Constitution of New York,” Smith said in a statement.

Wednesday’s ruling is the second this week rejecting a map drawn by the legislature for political gerrymandering. On Monday, a Kansas state court judge ordered the legislature to remap to unfairly favor Republicans in the state’s four congressional districts.

State courts, like New York’s, have stepped in to rule on partisan gerrymandering since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that federal courts cannot consider partisan gerrymandering claims.

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