League of Women Voters | Rochester Metropolitan Area, Rochester, NY

Redistricting in NY State 2021

New legislative districts are being drawn for the state Assembly, Senate and US Congressional districts. To learn about county redistricting, see here.

THE INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION DID NOT RELEASE MAPS ON DECEMBER 22, AS PROMISED.

Republican commissioners issued a press release (followed by Democratic commissioners) indicating that consensus between the two sides appeared to be unachievable.

ON JANUARY 3 AT 11 AM,  IRC WILL HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING TO VOTE ON CONGRESSIONAL, SENATE AND ASSEMBLY MAPS

Seven of the ten commissioners must vote for each map to be approved. The outcome will determine what path the legislative approval process takes.

THREE POSSIBLE SCENARIOS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS  

Scenario 1: If the Commission is unable to agree on maps, the legislature has the power to immediately draft maps on its own without Commission guidance.

Scenario 2: If maps are approved by the Commission they will be submitted to the legislature. The legislature will vote to approve or disapprove. No amendments are permitted. If approved by two thirds of each house, the bill(s) will be sent to the governor, who can then sign or veto.

If the legislature rejects the maps, or if they are vetoed by the governor, the process is repeated. The Commission will draft another set of maps and submit them to the legislature for a vote. 

Scenario 3: If the second effort also fails, the legislature is then given the power to draft the maps.

MAPS MUST BE APPROVED BY EARLY FEBRUARY, TO ALLOW TIME FOR JUNE PRIMARIES.

Whichever scenario plays out, the new districts will be in place for ten years. These lines will determine which candidates every voter in the state casts their ballot for. If the legislature ends up drawing the districts in a vacuum, the process will not achieve what the 2014 redistricting amendment intended. So it is crucial that you stay informed and involved by attending the IRC meeting, then be prepared to contact your State legislators.

REDISTRICTING IN NY: LET’S LOOK AT THE PROPOSED MAPS

NOVEMBER 11 AT 7:00 P.M.

The NY Independent Redistricting Commission published two sets of proposed maps for Congress, the state Senate and the Assembly.  They change the shape of the districts that represent the Rochester area.  We will walk you through the maps to help you understand how you will be affected.  There is still time to tell the IRC which set of maps you like better and why, but that window closes before Thanksgiving.  https://youtu.be/9ooYS8eFCKk

Additional Resources: LWV-RMA Forum: Redistricting in New York State Watch our Sept. 14redistricting forum.

If the League can be of additional help, send an email to redistricting@lwv-rma.org.

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