ICYMI – WSJ: New York, Where Dems Love Gerrymandering

We want to make sure you saw today’s editorial in the Wall Street Journal:

New York, Where Democrats Love Gerrymandering

By The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board

Politics is full of insincerity, but nothing reeks of it more than the political gerrymandering drama in New York. After the 2020 census, the state’s judiciary threw out Albany’s redistricting map as a flagrant partisan gerrymander. Democrats in Washington now want a do-over, so they can make it easier to retake the House next year. Last week a state appeals court agreed.

A decade ago the New York Legislature approved an amendment, ratified by voters 58% to 42%, to hand redistricting to an independent commission. Districts also may not be drawn, the state constitution says, “for the purpose of favoring” particular “political parties.” The reapportionment after 2020 was the first chance the Legislature had to apply this new good governance measure, and it responded in a nakedly partisan fashion by ignoring it.

Once the independent commission hit a deadlock, the Legislature substituted its own map that might have cost the GOP four House seats. It contorted the 10th District, held by Rep. Jerry Nadler, into the shape of an S. Why? Because that way liberal parts of Brooklyn could be appended to the Staten Island district of Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, imperiling her re-election. It was a partisan map that didn’t even pretend at neutrality.

Continue reading at WSJ.com

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