Maryland lawmakers just proved a New York judge wrong when he believed nothing can be done this year to fix the Democrats’ unconstitutionally manipulated district maps. He now has no excuse for not ordering new ones for the 2022 election.
Judge Patrick McAllister said it was “highly unlikely” new maps could be ready in time for the June New York primary and November general election, so the order for this year risked leaving voters without legitimate representation.
The “cautious course” he saidHe would use the Democrats’ maps, even if he says they are unconstitutional, and “if necessary, allow an election process next year if new maps need to be drawn.”
Ha! Last week, a Maryland judge ordered a new map of congressional districts for the state after finding that the map, drawn by that state’s Democratic-controlled legislature, illegally disenfranchised GOP voters. She set a deadline for Wednesday, and guess what: on Monday — just days later — Democrats created a new map. New York Dems can certainly move just as fast.
Also, the Election Committee says primary elections can be held through August 23 and still meet federal requirements. So it’s a lot of time.
But McAllister has no excuse for maintaining an unconstitutional, pro-demo map. It is clearly designed to reduce New York’s GOP seats in Congress from eight to just four (while the Dems get 22) and leave only 15 out of 63 Senate seats in Republican hands. If he’s really worried about legitimate representation, this plan has to never be effective.
and the argument against it, by the way, grew stronger itself with the Maryland decision: The same gerrymandering expert, Sean Trende, testified in both the Maryland and New York cases that the Dems’ charts were tampered with (here with Gov. Kathy Hochul’s backup) to suppress political competition. This clearly violates the New York Constitution.
Fortunately, McAllister was open to the plaintiffs’ objections and proposed remedies. Final arguments are due Thursday and he is expected to rule by Monday. With plenty of time to order the right thing, there’s no reason not to.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/30/judge-has-no-excuse-for-not-killing-democrats-voting-map/ The judge has no excuse for not killing the Democrats’ voting card