Blue State Rejects Redistricting Map

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( – On Monday, lawmakers in New York state had rejected a new proposal by a bipartisan committee for new congressional districts. This led to a lot of turmoil for the House delegation in the state. 

The New York Senate ended up voting 40-17 against the new congressional lines that the bipartisan Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) had suggested. The map was also rejected by the state assembly in a 99-47 vote. 

It is now expected that a new set of lines will be introduced by state lawmakers, and that there will be headaches related to the House map ahead of the April 4 candidate filing deadline. 

The IRC House map included some alterations to the three House districts. It would also result in the seats in the 18th and 19th Congressional Districts, currently held by Rep. Pat Ryan (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Marc Molinaro’s (R-N.Y.) respectively, more favorable to their parties. However, it would also mean that the 22nd Congressional District which is currently held by Rep. Brandon Williams (R-N.Y.) would become more Democrat-leaning.

The Democrats introduced a new House map after they had won a lawsuit that would allow the IRC another opportunity to set up congressional lines, which had been blocked last time. The special master, who had been appointed by the court, had ended up drawing a set of lines that had been used during the midterm election that would allow Republicans to win a number of seats. The Democrats are now looking at having a new map. 

Earlier this month the IRC had voted in favor of the new map 9-1. 

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