The midterm House map is nearly complete. Six months before Election Day, just a few straggling states are waiting to finalize their lines and a handful of court cases challenging new lines are outstanding.
Several of the legal cases are in large states with many districts and the chance to materially affect the national map — including New York, where the state’s high court tossed out Democrats’ gerrymander on Wednesday, and Florida, where GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new gerrymandered map has been challenged. But while more than a dozen states have ongoing redistricting litigation, operatives and legal experts say that in many places, the fast-approaching 2022 primaries leave little time for more court action this year.
Ohio, for example, has a live lawsuit — but also has its congressional primary on May 3. And New York was instantly thrown into a state of chaos on Wednesday, with the process to draw a new map likely scrambling the planned June primary. And the Supreme Court previously pushed racial gerrymandering claims about new maps into the next election cycle, staying a lower court order that had struck down Alabama’s map and ordered a redraw for 2022, saying it was too close