In this report, Partner Jeremy M. Creelan and former Summer Associate Allison Douglis examine the effect that the recently adopted constitutional reforms to New York’s redistricting process could have on challenges to future lines. The authors outline the past obstacles to New York partisan gerrymandering challenges and break down what a new state constitutional challenge could look like. Even though state and federal courts have not been receptive to partisan gerrymandering challenges in the past, Mr. Creelan and Ms. Douglis explain that the recent modifications to the state constitution could provide a new legal hook that will lead to potential challenges regarding how state legislative lines are redrawn.
Mr. Creelan is a visiting fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
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