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Congressional petition process underway in NY after redistricting changes

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The petitioning process for New York Congressional candidates, originally scheduled for February 27, was delayed to February 29 following the state legislature’s approval of a new congressional map. Assemblymember Charles Lavine highlighted the importance of this step, emphasizing its necessity for adhering to election rules and the constitution. The new map, which received some bipartisan support, concludes years of legal disputes over district boundaries.

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The New York GOP, represented by Chairman Ed Cox, acknowledged the similarity of the new lines to those drafted by a special master, indicating no further need for litigation. This development comes after Republicans initiated a redistricting lawsuit in 2022, which led to a judge-appointed special master redrawing the map due to the unconstitutionality of the Democrats’ version.

A recent legislative move mandates that any future redistricting lawsuits be handled in select counties, aiming to centralize legal proceedings. However, this decision faced criticism from Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, who argued against the implication that judges outside these counties are incapable of fair rulings. Governor Kathy Hochul has since signed the bill into law, marking the next phase in New York’s electoral process.