Down to the Wire on Redistricting

Michael Gianaris

February 22, 2012

An editorial by the The New York Times reports that judges are expected to decide this week on whether or not a special master will be appointed to fix the redistricting debacle. Senator Gianaris believes that court intervention is the best hope for having fairer district lines drawn.

It is crunch time for New York lawmakers, who are required to draw new maps for Congressional and legislative districts in time for the 2012 elections. The Congressional primaries are supposed to take place June 26, and as usual, the mapmakers are extremely late. It’s possible that they will release the Congressional maps, which have been drawn up in secret, this week since the Legislature is hoping to approve the new district lines by March 1.

The inexcusable delay has prompted the federal courts to get into the act. A three-judge panel is expected to decide — maybe this week — whether a special master should take over the whole redistricting fiasco. That could be the best hope the public has for fairer election districts.


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