A brand new lawsuit is trying to throw out new political maps setting the boundaries of New York state Assembly districts, a problem that comes amid a broader legal battle over the state’s redistricting.
The lawsuit filed Sunday by a bipartisan group of political activists contends that the maps draw by the legislature are unconstitutional, an identical declare utilized in lawsuits to efficiently strike down maps favored by Democrats for state Senate and U.S. Home districts as unconstitutional.
The lawsuit filed by Democratic activist Gary Greenberg and conservative political commentator Gavin Wax asks a choose to throw out the maps and transfer all of New York’s main elections to the identical day.
New York’s highest court docket, the Courtroom of Appeals, dominated final month that the Democrat-controlled Legislature had didn’t observe an anti-gerrymandering constitutional course of accepted by voters in 2014 when it drew new political districts for the 2022 elections.
However the Courtroom of Appeals didn’t order the drawing of latest Assembly maps as a result of a bunch of GOP voters who sued over the redistricting course of didn’t particularly problem them of their lawsuit. They solely went after the maps for U.S. Home and state Senate seats.
A redistricting skilled, employed by a New York Courtroom court docket, is now working to redraw the congressional and Senate districts beneath court docket supervision. The skilled’s first draft of these maps are as a consequence of be launched Monday.
New York plans to carry Assembly and gubernatorial primaries on June 28. State Senate and Congressional primaries had been delayed to Aug. 23 to permit time for the mapmaking course of.