After an acrimonious meeting and amid accusations of partisanship, the New York State Independent Commission voted Monday morning to send two different sets of redistricting maps to the state legislature. The 10 commissioners voted along party lines, so no set of maps reached a majority, with the vote ending in a 5-5 tie.
These maps redraw congressional, state Senate and Assembly districts for the next 10 years, based on population changes reflected in the 2020 Census.
Differences between Democratic and Republican commissioners seem to mostly focus on the new state Senate districts, and how their lines have been redrawn in areas of Long Island and large cities in upstate and western New York.
The state legislature can now vote on these two submitted plans. If it fails to approve a plan by a two-thirds majority in both chambers or a plan is vetoed by the governor, the commission will be able to present new maps by Feb. 28. If those also fail, the legislature will draw plans of its own.
Democrats enjoy supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature. New maps are expected to be approved by the June primaries.