Stefanik, Malliotakis slam Dems’ ‘gerrymandered’ congressional map, reward court docket’s ruling

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New York Republicans are praising a mid-level appellate court docket ruling that concluded Democrats engaged in gerrymandering when drawing the state’s new congressional district boundaries.

“The decision rendered by the Appellate Court is a win for all New Yorkers and confirms what we have been saying all along: New York Democrats illegally drew unconstitutional gerrymandered congressional lines to protect themselves and hurt all New Yorkers, specifically the North Country,” Rep. Elise Stefanik, who represents New York’s twenty first congressional district, advised Every day Publish in an announcement. “Albany Democrats violated the New York State Constitution and drew egregious, unfair, and unconstitutional lines to benefit Democrat elected officials.”

House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center after a meeting of the conference on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. 

Home Republican Convention Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., attends a information convention within the Capitol Customer Middle after a gathering of the convention on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. 
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Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, who represents New York’s eleventh congressional district, additionally advised Every day Publish that the court docket made the suitable choice by thwarting what she says is an effort by Democrats to “tilt the scale” within the November midterms.

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 “Two different courts have now said Governor Hochul and the Democrat-controlled legislature broke the law and drew an unconstitutional Congressional map in a blatant attempt to tilt the scale in the upcoming elections, end NYC’s bi-partisan representation in Congress and silence the voices of conservative New Yorkers such as those residing in Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn,” Malliotakis mentioned. “We are encouraged by the action of both courts and we await the new district maps.”

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In a divided 3-2 ruling, the vast majority of the 5 member appellate panel discovered the brand new congressional map was unconstitutional — a call that, if upheld, would block the usage of these district strains for the upcoming midterm elections in November.

Representative Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican from New York, speaks during a Select Subcommittee On Coronavirus Crisis hearing Photographer: Susan Walsh/AP Photo/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Consultant Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican from New York, speaks throughout a Choose Subcommittee On Coronavirus Disaster listening to Photographer: Susan Walsh/AP Picture/Bloomberg through Getty Pictures
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The court docket discovered Democratic lawmakers acted inside their energy to approve the maps after a bipartisan redistricting fee failed to take action earlier this yr. However the judges dominated the 2022 congressional map itself “was drawn to discourage competition and favor Democrats.”

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Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, who represents New York’s 1st congressional district and is presently working for governor of the state additionally touted the court docket’s choice on Twitter.

“Kathy Hochul & her fellow Dems controlling Albany ignored the law & the will of the people when they created the most hyper-partisan gerrymander imaginable,” Zeldin tweeted. “That’s unconstitutional in New York and today an appeals court agreed that the Congressional map needs to be redrawn.”

Hochul signed the redistricting plan which realigned 22 districts into closely Democratic areas and 4 districts into Republican areas, which may lead to as much as 4 GOP seats in Congress being worn out in November.

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The GOP lawsuit in opposition to the brand new district strains cited laptop simulations by election analyst Sean Trende, who discovered the maps had been gerrymandered.

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The court docket relied on that evaluation in its ruling.

“Trende was accepted by the parties as an expert in elections analysis with particular knowledge of redistricting. His direct testimony and his expert reports also were received in evidence without objection,” the judges wrote.

Democratic legislative leaders indicated they’d enchantment the choice to the New York Court docket of Appeals, the state’s highest court docket.

The Court docket of Appeals is anticipated to listen to the case quickly, doubtlessly by subsequent week.

The Related Press contributed to this report

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