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By Joseph Axe
(Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers in New York on Wednesday approved a new congressional map that gives their party an edge in 22 of the state’s 26 counties, potentially reshaping the battle for control. control of the US Congress ahead of the midterm elections in November.
The plan, which passed largely party lines in the Democratic-controlled Senate and state Congress, could cut the state’s Republican delegation in half, offsetting Republican gains in the region. states like Texas and Georgia, where the party rallied through its own party map last year.
Democrats currently hold 19 of the state’s 27 seats; New York is expected to lose a county due to slower population growth.
The map will ensure the removed seats are Republican while shifting the other three Republican-leaning counties into pro-Democrats. Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, is expected to sign the map into law.
Democrats hold a narrow 222-212 advantage in the US House of Representatives, with one vacancy. If Republicans can win a majority in November, they will be in a position to largely negate President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.
US federal law requires states to redraw their congressional lines every decade to account for population changes. In most cases, legislators control the process, allowing them to engage in manipulation – the deliberate manipulation of county boundaries to benefit one party over the other.
Many national Democrats attacked Republicans for defamation. In January, congressional Democrats tried and failed to pass a suffrage law that would, among other things, redefine the party bars, thanks to Republican opposition.
Under that bill, New York maps would not be allowed, noted Michael Li, an attorney and zoning expert with the Brennan Center for Justice.
“It gets them accused of being hypocrites,” he said of the Democrat.
Lawmakers were able to pass their own plan after a bipartisan committee, approved by voters in 2014, failed to produce a consensus map in which Democrats and The Republic is accused of being a political game.
Republicans may seek to challenge the map in court, as voters and civil rights groups have done in many other states.
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