NYS Redistricting then and now

2012 NYS Districts
2022 NYS Districts

A brief history of NYS redistricting:

  • After the 2010 census, the NYS legislature failed to agree on Congressional Districts; the 2012 districts were then determined by a Federal Court.
  • The new districts favored Democrats.
  • The voters approved a non-partisan commission for future redistricting.
  • Due to the 2020 census, NYS has one less Representative.
  • In 2022, the redistricting commission failed to agree.
  • The legislature approved new districts.
  • The legislatures districts were rejected by a state court.
  • On appeal, the lower courts decision was upheld.
  • The court appointed a special master to draw up new districts.
  • In 2022, Republicans had 46% of the vote and 42% of the representatives elected.
  • NYS has many unaffiliated voters, which may explain why NYS Democrats are still overrepresented in Congress.

While arbitrary, the new districts are reasonably compact. It is striking that urban districts around Rochester and Buffalo, which lean Democratic, are surrounded by suburban districts leaning Republican. NY-24 in particular has an odd shape.


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* Contributor at NewNY23rd.com where we discuss the politics, economics, and events of the New New York 23rd Congressional District (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, (Eastern) Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben,Tioga, Tompkins, and Yates Counties) Please visit and comment on whatever strikes your fancy.
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