Carl Mikoy from New York, USA, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Via TTN:

A mid-level appeals court ruled New York Democrats are guilty of drawing illegal congressional district maps favoring their own party.

The five-judge panel wrote that Democrats unconstitutionally drew up congressional districts “to discourage competition or for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring incumbents or other particular candidates or political parties.” Two of the judges dissented.

Fox News reports:

The judges said that Democratic lawmakers drafted the 2022 congressional redistricting map “without any Republican input, and the map was adopted by the legislature without a single Republican vote n favor of it.”

A group of Republican voters had argued that the maps amounted to gerrymandering and filed a lawsuit in state court asking to have the maps to be tossed out and to delay the June congressional primaries until late August. They say this would give the state enough time to draw up new maps.

Democrats’ attorneys said the maps are more than fair to Republicans, who lost their decadeslong control of the state Senate in 2018 but have won some swing districts. Democrats say the new maps protect minority voting rights and reflect population loss in upstate communities once considered Republican strongholds.

Democrats also said there isn’t enough time to change the maps for 2022 races, and urged the judges should toss the lawsuit.

A lower-court judge declared last month that New York’s new maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered, and said the legislative maps should also be tossed because lawmakers exceeded their authority when they passed them.

Gov. Kathy Hochul and attorneys for the state Senate appealed the lower-court ruling and said the judge was wrongly limiting the Legislature’s power.

On Wednesday, a panel of five mid-level appellate judges began hearing arguments. The case will now be heard by New York’s top court where oral arguments could be as early as next week.

The decision will have major implications for Democrats going into the June 28 primary ahead of the midterm elections in November.

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Dave Fischer
Dave Fischer
26 days ago

DemoCRAPS, continuing to act like the SCUMBAGS, they ARE…..my opinion

Brady
26 days ago

But what will happen? Nothing, until the GOP, takes over the, who can we vote for then?house/Senate, then if somebody doesn’t pay for all the wrongs Demos have done. Independent;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

James
James
26 days ago

The most corrupt political party is the Democrats America Remember the Treachery of the Democrats and biden and harris for Treason and Sedition against the American People and the Constitution America Vote out the Nazis and Rino’s in the house of representatives and the Senate.

Stephanie R Wilson
Stephanie R Wilson
25 days ago

Hypocrites!! Ok if you DemocRats gerrymander, but not the GOP. Grrrrrr

Captnguido
Captnguido
25 days ago

Why would they need to gerrymander? Mostly every democrat gets elected in New York anyway! Republicans are moving out of that state.

Jawad
Jawad
25 days ago

In Masters of Deceit J Edgar Hoover warned America about the Communists, who would lie, cheat, steal, commit any outrage, neutralize or eliminate any perceived opponent to further the end goal of universal Communism. This sounds an awful lot like today’s Democrat Party.

Max
Max
24 days ago

SAME OLE COMMUNISTS DEMOSHITS….THEY KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE VOTED OUT SO THEY RIGGED OUR ELECTIONS…THIS IS TREASON AND THE PEOPLE WHO DID THIS “EXECUTED”….