A Democrat court smacked down Nancy Pelosi with this devastating defeat
The Democrats’ political prospects took another hit.
This latest setback came from an unexpected source.
And a Democrat court smacked down Nancy Pelosi with this devastating defeat.
Democrats hoped to manipulate the once-a-decade redistricting process to create new Democrat-leaning seats that would provide a buffer against any Republican tide this fall.
One of the centerpieces of this strategy was the state of New York.
Democrats controlled the redistricting process in New York and drew a new map eliminating four Republican-leaning seats, giving them control over 22 out of 26 Congressional seats in the Empire State.
But in a four-to-three decision, the New York Court of Appeals – the state’s highest court – struck down the Democrats’ proposed map as an unconstitutional gerrymander.
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore wrote that “based on the foregoing, the enactment of the congressional and senate maps by the legislature was procedurally unconstitutional, and the congressional map is also substantively unconstitutional as drawn with impermissible partisan purpose, leaving the state without constitutional district lines for use in the 2022 primary and general elections.”
Since it could be impossible for the state legislature to draw new Congressional District lines in time for the scheduled June Primary date, the Court of Appeals also wrote that New York may have to push its Primary date back to August.
“We are confident that, in consultation with the Board of Elections, Supreme Court can swiftly develop a schedule to facilitate an August primary election, allowing time for the adoption of new constitutional maps, the dissemination of correct information to voters, the completion of the petitioning process, and compliance with federal voting laws, including the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (see 52 USC § 20302),” the Court of Appeals wrote.
Democrats hoped to use friendly judges in states like Ohio and North Carolina – that were under Republican control – combined with aggressive gerrymanders in Blue states like Illinois and New York to create as many new Democrat-friendly districts as possible.
That strategy is out the window now that a court threw out New York’s unconstitutional gerrymander, as well as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis standing firm for a fair map in Florida.
The end result of the redistricting process will be Republicans gaining an additional seat or two in the House of Representatives.
And that is bad news for Democrats this fall.