New Mexico judge rejects Republican challenge to congressional map


The case was heard in the New Mexico County of Lea Fifth Judicial District Court. The case was heard in the New Mexico County of Lea Fifth Judicial District Court. Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution is its equal protection provision. Soelen stated that under New Mexico law a congressional map does not constitute an “egregious gerrymander” if it is not a gerrymander. Soelen determined that, while the map did dilute the Republican vote it didn’t rise to an “egregious” gerrymander. Thus, Soelen ruled that the map is constitutional.

Republicans sued in January 2022 after the New Mexico legislature passed SB 1, which created the congressional map in question. They claimed that the map was unconstitutional and dilutes the votes of residents from southeastern New Mexico. The complaint asked the court to rule that the map was unconstitutional and create a “partisan-neutral” map to use in upcoming elections.

Republicans will likely appeal this decision. The New Mexico Supreme Court has already heard this case. The court had ruled earlier in the litigation that the New Mexico Constitution allowed for a gerrymandering case to be heard. This is not the first gerrymandering lawsuit in the US to arise before the upcoming elections. Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in Alabama


a new congressional district map in response to a lawsuit arguing that the Alabama legislature’s congressional map was racially gerrymandered. The decision comes only a few weeks after the US Supreme Court rejected a petition from the state government, which sought to appeal a court order prohibiting the use of gerrymandered congressional maps in Alabama elections.