Redistricting happens once every decade.
Right now, lawmakers around New York are preparing for that process- which could prove to be as messy as it is political.
It will also likely change the complexion of the Finger Lakes region, as several key districts are up for re-mapping.
Of those, the 23rd District has been a leading contender to be pulled apart- as New York lost one seat in Congress. That’s currently held by Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, who is not seeking re-election.
The previous redistricting was solely in the hands of state lawmakers, allowing them to essentially choose their voters by drawing often oddly shaped districts to ensure one party’s advantage over the other.
A commission was formed to end that practice. The new map, whatever that may look like in final form, could be in place by January 2022- which would make for an interesting midterm election season.
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