continued With fewer representatives comes fewer election districts, so lines must be redrawn to hold roughly the same-sized populations in their borders throughout the state. The New York Legislature has made the last-minute deadlines in the previous two revisions, keeping the court's plan from being enacted.
This year, though, after a judge ruled the federal primary in the state had to be moved to June 26 to comply with absentee voting requirements, the date for primary petitions was moved to March 20. A plan had to be in place by then so the next election cycle could unfold in agreement with the new number of house representatives for the state.
The panel of three judges of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York noted in their order to the state that it took two weeks for magistrate and her redistricting expert assistant Dr. Nathaniel Persily to do what New York legislators didn't do in a year.
The state legislature still has the power to create its own redistricting map and implement it, but there are currently no plans to revisit the congressional districts in the state legislature, according to State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' press office.