In preparation for the 2024 election, the state’s congressional districts will be redrawn by an impartial redistricting panel under an order from New York’s highest court.
Drawing congressional districts in a way that favors one political party over another is illegal in New York. Even while the Constitution requires a bipartisan committee to establish the maps, Democrats might still win with minimal adjustments to the existing boundaries.
As a result of the ruling, the six rookie Republicans who were victorious in the previous election may face less favorable district boundaries in their 2024 bids for the New York congressional seat. In a House race where the margin of victory is razor-thin, it may provide Democrats with a boost in their bid to reclaim the chamber. At now, there are fifteen Democrats and eleven Republicans serving in New York’s congressional delegation. Hakeem Jeffries, now the House Minority Leader, has a shot at becoming speaker if all six rookies are defeated in November and no other changes occur.
Democrats had “unconstitutionally gerrymandered districts,” according to a ruling from last year by the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, courts ruled that the revised boundaries drawn by a neutral court-appointed special master—which helped Republicans gain four seats in the previous election—were only meant to be temporary. The Court of Appeals affirmed a challenge and rejected the existing maps by a 4-3 majority. As many as six seats may flip the Republicans’ slim three-seat lead in the House of Representatives if this happens.
The congressional maps are still a point of contention in some states, even though the next elections will be in 2024. North Carolina’s new congressional boundary lines, enacted by the General Assembly, might cost Democrats three House seats in 2024 and gain Republicans one, but the new map in New York could make up the difference.
After a three-judge panel in Alabama found that the state’s old map probably violated the Voting Rights Act, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the court’s decision, and in 2024, the state will likewise adopt a new map.