The good-government group, ReShapeNY, says that while there isn’t enough time to establish an independent panel to drawn district lines, the state should still try to have an impartial process in shaping the districts this year.
“There is still enough time to establish a new and impartial process for finalizing 2012 district maps. A new, impartial process is essential,” the group said in a statement.
The state Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment — made up of lawmakers and two citizens — plans to release its set of district maps for congressional and state legislative seats this month. But good-government groups say the process is business as usual and isn’t an independent process, saying it will lead to the majorities drawing lines to retain their power.
ReShapeNY, which includes Citizens Union and other groups, said there still needs to be a “clear and objective set of criteria” when the lines are drawn.