CASE SUMMARY

On January 21, 2022, the Republican Party of New Mexico, Republican voters, and current New Mexico state legislators filed a lawsuit against New Mexico's Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, and state legislative leaders challenging the state's enacted congressional redistricting plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Specifically, plaintiffs allege the enacted plan was designed to disproportionately favor the Democratic Party and to disfavor the Republican Party and that to secure this partisan advantage, the enacted plan purposefully deviates from New Mexico's traditional redistricting principles, including the preservation of communities of interest, political and geographic boundaries, and the cores of prior districts. They assert that this differential treatment and dilution of voting strength based on voters' political affiliations violates the New Mexico Constitution's Equal Protection Clause (art. II, Section 18). They are seeking a declaratory judgment that the enacted plan is unconstitutional and a court order adopting a partisan-neutral congressional map consistent with the New Mexico Constitution.

CASE LIBRARY

State of New Mexico, Lea County, Fifth Judicial District Court - No. D-506-CV-202200041