(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- This week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed off on the state Democrats’ redistricting map that will give the Democrats an additional four seats in the US House of Representatives.
The state lost a congressional seat due to a drop in population. So to make up for it, the Democrats, who already have a 19-8 advantage in New York’s congressional delegation, have used the redistricting map to increase their advantage to 22-4.
New York’s Republican Party chairman Nick Langworthy blasted the Democrats’ “filthy, partisan gerrymandering,” calling it “the most brazen and outrageous attempt at rigging the election to keep Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.
But there wasn’t much New York Republicans could do to stop the Democrats from controlling the effort. New York is one of the few states where Democrats have absolute control over the process.
Nationwide, Republicans have complete control over the drawing of 187 districts while Democrats have complete control of only 75. Over a third of the Democrat-drawn districts are located in New York.
New York Democrats claim that their redistricting map reflects the electorate and was “fairly drawn.”
But that’s nonsense.
Joe Biden won New York with 60 percent of the vote. Democrats just gave themselves control over 85 percent of the state’s congressional districts. There’s nothing fair about it.
On Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled state legislature approved the plan without holding a public hearing on the maps, infuriating not only Republicans but left-leaning voting advocates as well.
Advocates representing minority voters said the new map divides minority communities making it harder for minority voters to have influence. One minority advocate called the Democrat map “almost comedically gerrymandered.”
The State Assembly, in which Democrats hold a super-majority, passed the bill 103 to 45. The State Senate passed it 43 to 20. And Thursday, the governor signed it.
Republicans, who currently hold eight of New York’s 27 seats said they are considering taking the matter to court. State Republicans contend that the Democrats’ map is an illegal attempt at the type of gerrymandering barred under the state’s constitution.