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New York's highest court struck down the state's redistricting maps Wednesday, closing one chapter in the saga while throwing the state's election districts and calendar into question.
The Court of Appeals decision leaves New York without congressional and state Senate maps, after the court ruled the maps approved by the Legislature earlier this year were unconstitutional.
The task to propose new maps now falls to a special master appointed by Steuben County Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister, who first struck down New York's maps in March.
That person is Jonathan Cervas, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. He's expected to draw up the maps by mid-May, after a hearing facilitated by the lower court.
Meanwhile, congressional and state Senate candidates have begun campaigning in districts that may not exist in their current form in the coming months. The Court of Appeals indicated that the primaries for these races, originally scheduled for June 28, will likely be rescheduled to August.
All this raises questions about what the redrawn maps will look like and how voters will know when to vote for which races as the year goes on.
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