A New York judge on Thursday struck down the state’s new congressional and legislative maps over Republican complaints the maps put the GOP at an unfair disadvantage, sending the Democratic-controlled state legislature back to the drawing board.
The state legislature approved the maps in February and Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) quickly approved them, but Republicans launched a legal challenge, claiming Democrats engaged in gerrymandering to dilute GOP power.
According to FiveThirtyEightthe new map would have created three more Democratic-leaning seats, while removing three Republican-leaning seats and one highly competitive seat.
Acting New York Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister, who is conservative, gave the state legislature until April 11 to come up with “bipartisanly supported maps” or the court will hire a “neutral expert at state expense to prepare said maps.”