Friday, April 29, 2022

NY Political Maps Falls To Judge And Scholar

New York's Highest Court, handed responsibility for creating a New set of Maps to State Judge Patrick McAllister, who had initially declared the Maps Unconstitutional.

Anticipating this, McAllister had already chosen an Independent Expert to help him craft the Maps, Jonathan Cervas, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy.

Cervas previously played a Key Role as a Consultant, who helped create Legislative District Maps for Pennsylvania’s Legislative Reapportionment Commission. He also served as an Assistant in Court-supervised Redistricting programs in: Georgia, Utah, and Virginia.

He now faces a tight Deadline to come up with his own set of Maps, for McAllister to Review and Approve. Democrats, Republicans, and ‘other interested parties’ had until April 22nd to submit proposed Congressional Maps to Cervas and the Court. The Court is accepting responses on those Submissions until Friday, and Plans to hold a Hearing May 6th.

Officials are especially concerned by the Confusion and Cost:

- Splitting New York's Party Primaries into Two Elections held weeks apart.

- A Statewide Election typically Costs as much as $30 million to hold. Dustin M. Czarny (D), the Onondaga County Elections Official, estimates a Second Primary will cost at least $400,000 for his Board alone. ‘I think the major county boards and especially New York City and Long Island are going to see major astronomical costs that the counties are going to have to absorb,’ he said.”

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

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