Significantly Redrawn Drafts of New York Congressional District Maps Spark Heightened Midterm Election Turmoil

The new draft maps for New York’s 26 congressional districts have upended a number of potential races and could have a major impact on the balance of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections; as well as spark heightened competition between Democrats since the latest draft maps create some districts that contain the homes of multiple incumbents. In Brooklyn, a pair of Democrat incumbents both live in the new CD-9 district; while in Manhattan, changes to District 12 and District 10 have similarly placed the residences of two democrats within District 12 that has been expanded to include all of Midtown and both the Upper West and Upper East sides with parts of Queens eliminated.

On the state Senate level, the revised draft maps have also “brought new turmoil to a campaign season already upended by the redistricting back and forth,” with some existing districts within the boroughs now unrecognizable.” In contrast, despite multiple court challenges, the Districts for Assembly drawn by state legislators in Albany remain in effect. Over the next few days, the draft maps will go through a brief public comment period before binding maps are released on Friday, May 20, 2022.