Republicans file federal redistricting appeal


As expected, Republicans on Monday asked a federal court to intervene in the dispute over redistricting of state House seats.

From The Associated Press:


“GOP lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of several voters asking a federal court in Albuquerque to appoint a three judge panel to draw district boundaries for the 70-member House. The voters include two Albuquerque-area Republicans who intend to run for House seats once new districts are established.

“The lawsuit contends the state Supreme Court acted improperly last week in ordering retired state District Court Judge James Hall to revamp a redistricting plan he had approved. Democrats had challenged Hall’s plan, saying it could help Republicans pick up House seats in future elections. Hall adopted a House plan that largely mirrored district configurations recommended by the governor and other GOP officials.”

You can read the entire complaint by visiting Capitol Report New Mexico. It was filed late Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

As reported Monday, when Hall approved Gov. Susana Martinez’s proposal for redistricting state House seats in January, he decided that, while her plan shifted things to the right, it did so less than the Democrats’ plan shifted things to the left.

So Hall chose the less-partisan plan – and one he deemed within acceptable limits.

In a 4-1 decision, the Supreme Court last week sent Hall back to the drawing board. Justices effectively told Hall that, rather than choosing the least partisan plan, he should draw his own, non-partisan map of state House districts.

The justices in the majority directed Hall to create a “partisan neutral” map by Feb. 27.

On Monday, Hall appointed Albuquerque pollster and consultant Brian Sanderoff, who lawmakers employed to help draw their redistricting proposals earlier in the process, to help the judge draw a new state House map.

3 thoughts on “Republicans file federal redistricting appeal

  1. Ms. Wedum is correct; having legislatures redistrict is a guaranteed political quagmire.  Dr. J, on the other hand, appears (as usual) to have decided what he believes without actually reading to see if he’s even remotely correct – or for that matter, if he even understands the story.  The Supreme Court wasn’t telling Judge Hall to chose the Democratic plan over the Republican plan – as opposed to the other way around, which is what he had already done; They were telling him to chose neither plan, and were questioning the wisdom of anyone holding a supposedly non-partisan bench picking sides between parties.  The GOP’s request for a three-judge panel is – rather ironically – probably the correct solution in this case, though they should be prepared when the judges draw the map based on actual demographics rather than party desires (the current GOP-approved map has serious population disparities).
    Of course, anyone paying attention finds the New Mexico Republican Party more than a bit petty for whining about the results of a special session for redistricting in which they barely even participated at all.  Of sixty-nine redistricting bills introduced, only ten of them were offered by Republicans… and fully half of those were for the PRC.

  2. We need to take redistricting out of the hands of politicians in the first place!  How much time and taxpayers’ money did they waste on this issue in both the regular and special session last year?  Time for a bipartisan commission.  Our legislators should take a look at the new California commission, its composition and procedure for appointing the members.

  3. This is excellent, the biased and poetically motivated Supreme Court we have here needs to be stopped from damaging our state for political gain.