State of New York

New York Nassau County Legislature Redistricting Challenge (Nassau Democratic County Committee)

Coads v. Nassau County

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Nassau Democratic County Committee and local Democratic voters against Nassau County, the Nassau County Legislature, the Nassau County Board of Elections and various county officials, challenging the county’s legislature map. The county Legislature is the 19-member legislative branch of Nassau County. The plaintiffs allege that the 2023 redistricting plan approved by the county Legislature is a partisan gerrymander that unfairly favors Republican candidates, in violation of the New York Municipal Home Rule Law. The home rule law, which regulates local governments’ ability to create and amend local laws, includes several standards local governments must follow when implementing a local redistricting plan. The plaintiffs are asking the court to block the county from using the 2023 redistricting map in any future election and direct the Nassau County Legislature to adopt a new map.

On March 1, 2024, this case was consolidated with New York Communities for Change v. County of Nassau, which challenges the county Legislature’s map under the New York Voting Rights Act.

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