(RepublicanNews.org) – Five redistricting lawsuits could be crucial in shaping next year’s presidential election.
A lawsuit in New York could redraw the congressional map in its entirety, while states like Louisiana and Alabama have seen high-profile discussions over the potential creation of majority-black congressional districts. In Wisconsin, the state’s legislature map could be redrawn, with the decision in the hands of the state Supreme Court; any redistricting could impact the Republican Party’s stronghold on the state Capitol.
Starting with New York, where Democrats are seeking the support of a bipartisan commission to redraw the congressional boundaries after a disastrous redrawing cost them seats in the House of Representatives. Democrats were either forced to relocate to a new district or step down, costing them three seats in November 2022 to give Republicans narrow control of the House. A decision on the updated boundaries is expected before the start of 2024.
Democrat voters in Wisconsin, meanwhile, have filed a lawsuit over the “unconstitutional” state legislative maps. Allegedly, the maps violate Wisconsin’s constitution due to the noncontiguous nature of 76 of its Assembly and Senate districts, meaning that some pockets of land do not connect with other parts of their respective districts.
A change in control of the state’s high court means Wisconsin could see a legislative redraw. On the flip side in North Carolina, Republicans now control the state Supreme Court, and a previous attempt by the GOP-controlled Legislature is now being reheard.
Alabama and Louisiana both cover the subject of majority-black congressional districts. The former was stunned by a Supreme Court decision in June when it ruled against the state’s existing map under the Voting Rights Act. Alabama has sought to maintain one majority-black district under a new map which was thrown out three months later. The latest drawing, deemed a win for the Democrats, features a second majority-black district, with a third featuring just under 50% black voters.
Likewise, in Louisiana, fair representation has been an issue for some time under Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, although a new map could be created by mid-January – just in time for the swearing-in of Republican Gov.-elect Jeff Landry.
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