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Gerrymander postpones some NY primaries to late August

The New York Congressional and Senate primary is being pushed back nearly two months to Aug. 23 after the state’s highest court struck down the new district maps drawn by Democrats and approved by Gov. Kathy Hochul as unconstitutional.

State Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister pushed back the primary from its original June 28 date, according to a decision released Friday.

He also ordered court-appointed special master Jonathan Cervas to prepare and publicly release new “impartial district redistribution maps” for the US House of Representatives and Senate by May 20.

The Empire State is now on track to host two separate primary elections as the governor and state assembly primary are still scheduled for June.

If not consolidated, taxpayers could be on the hook in the millions.

The Legislature could vote on a bill summarizing the election that Gov. Kathy Hochul would have to enact.

When asked if she would support moving all primaries to August, Hochul remained noncommittal.

“There is an election that will take place at the end of June. That is established. That has been certified. That’s the plan right now,” she told reporters during an event in Albany on Friday.

Gov. Kathy Hochul did not commit to moving the state assembly and gubernatorial primary to August as well.
Gov. Kathy Hochul did not commit to moving the state assembly and gubernatorial primary to August as well.
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The appeals court struck down the new district lines Wednesday, agreeing with Republicans who argued officials illegally manipulated congressional lines to help Democrats.

The court also found that the Democrats acted with partisan intent and violated a constitutional amendment that mandated an independent county redistribution commission to draw impartial maps.

“This whole situation stems from the state Democrats deciding to violate the Constitution and enact illegal county elections. This can be laid at everyone’s feet and blamed, but the courts saved us from an illegal Democratic gerrymander,” said John Faso, a former Republican congressman from the Hudson Valley who was involved in the lawsuit.

New York Democrats have until April 30 to submit the new congressional card and May 4 to submit the state senate card.
New York Democrats have until April 30 to submit the new congressional card and May 4 to submit the state senate card.
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State Senate Democrats have argued that they did not tamper with the congressional maps.

McAllister also gave Democrats permission to submit their new congressional tickets by April 30 — having already missed a court-ordered deadline, expecting the judge’s decision would favor their lines.

He also pushed back the date to May 4 to submit the new State Senate cards.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/29/gerrymander-pushes-some-ny-primaries-to-late-august/ Gerrymander postpones some NY primaries to late August

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