State of New York

New York Nassau County Legislature Redistricting Challenge

New York Communities for Change v. County of Nassau

Lawsuit filed on behalf of New York Communities for Change and four Latino voters against Nassau County, the Nassau County Legislature, the Nassau County Board of Elections and various Nassau County officials, challenging the county’s map. The plaintiffs allege that the county Legislature violated the New York Voting Rights Act (NYVRA) while creating its redistricting plan, packing minority voters into four majority-minority districts instead of creating a possible map with six majority-minority districts. They also allege that the county legislature “cracked” a large community of Asian voters across three different districts instead of allowing the community to remain in one district where they could have greater representation. This map, the plaintiffs argue, significantly decreases the voting power minority residents have on the 19-member legislative branch of Nassau County. The plaintiffs ask the court to find that the Nassau County Legislature map violates the NYVRA and adopt a new map.

STATUS: Litigation is ongoing.

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