Hoffman v. N.Y. State Indep. Redistricting Cmm’n
Concerned voters sued the state Independent Redistricting Commission for failure to follow the procedure set out in the state constitution. According to Art. III §4(b) of the state constitution, the Commission is charged with drawing new maps and if those maps are not adopted by the state legislature or are vetoed by the Governor, the Commission is directed to draw a second set of maps. The Commission’s first maps were rejected by the state legislature, and the legislature then adopted its own maps. These new maps were invalidated in Harkenrider v. Hochul (congressional and State Senate maps) and Nichols v. Hochul (State Assembly maps) for failure to follow the constitutionally proscribed process. The court in Harkenrider hired a special master to draw remedial districts. A remedial decision in Nichols is forthcoming.
Plaintiffs petitioned for a writ of mandamus on June 28, 2022 asking the court to set aside the legislature’s adopted maps as well as the special master’s congressional maps, and order the Commission to draw a second set of remedial maps as required by the state constitution.
On Dec. 12, 2023 the New York Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court) affirmed a lower court order that the Commission fulfill its duty by drawing a second set of maps.