Although Democrats have come out as being more transparent when it comes to gerrymandering, often making recourse to independent redistricting commissions, New York State has approved redistricting that is largely disadvantageous to the Republicans. This article by Nicholas Fandos, Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Grace Ashford is published by The New York Times. Here is an excerpt:
Democrats across the nation have spent years railing against partisan gerrymandering, particularly in Republican states — most recently trying to pass federal voting rights legislation in Washington to all but outlaw the practice.
But given the same opportunity for the first time in decades, Democratic lawmakers in New York adopted on Wednesday an aggressive reconfiguration of the state’s congressional districts that positions the party to flip three seats in the House this year, a greater shift than projected in any other state.
The new lines would shape races in New York for a decade to come, making Democrats the favorites in redrawn districts currently held by Republicans on Long Island, Staten Island and in Central New York. They would also help tighten the party’s hold on swing seats ahead of what is expected to be a strong Republican election cycle, all while eliminating a fourth Republican seat upstate altogether.
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