New York’s top court rejects congressional maps drawn by Democrats
The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, has ordered that congressional election maps be rewritten by a court-appointed authority. The decision comes as a state primary scheduled for June 28th approaches, and the court has said that it may be necessary to delay the election until August. The court agreed with an argument made on behalf of Republican politicians and voters that the New York State Legislature had unconstitutionally gerrymandered districts in order to favor the Democratic party. The state legislature had taken over the redistricting duties after a bipartisan independent commission had failed to come to an agreement on its own. Currently, candidates are campaigning in districts whose borders may no longer hold by the time ballots are cast.