NEW YORK STATE BLACK, PUERTO
Assemblyman Karim CamaraChairmanAssemblyman William ScarboroughFirst Vice-ChairAssemblyman Eric StevensonSecond Vice-ChairAssemblywoman Vivian E.
Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson
TreasurerSenator William PerkinsParliamentarianAssemblyman Francisco P. Moya
AssemblywomanCarmen E. ArroyoAssemblymanJeffrion L. AubryAssemblywomanInez D.
AssemblymanWilliam F. Boyland, Jr.Assemblyman
AssemblywomanBarbara M. ClarkAssemblyman
AssemblymanHerman D. Farrell, Jr.AssemblymanDavid F.
Shirley L. HuntleyAssemblymanHakeem JeffriesAssemblymanGuillermo LinaresAssemblywoman
Velmanette MontgomeryAssemblymanFelix Ortiz
Kevin S. ParkerAssemblywomanCrystal D. Peoples-Stokes
. Nick PerryAssemblymanJ. Gary PretlowAssemblyman
Gustavo RiveraAssemblymanJose RiveraAssemblywomanNaomi RiveraAssemblymanPeter M. RiveraAssemblymanSamuel D. RobertsAssemblywoman
AssemblymanRobert J. Rodriguez
AssemblymanKeith L.T. Wright
RICAN, HISPANIC AND ASIAN LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS
ROOM 442-A, LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDINGALBANY, NY 12248(518) 455-5347 • FAX: (518) 455-4535
, 2012BY ELECTRONIC AND REGULAR U.S. MAIL
T. Christian Herren, Jr.Chief, Voting SectionCivil Rights DivisionUnited States Department of Justice950 Pennsylvania Ave., NWRoom 7524 – NWBWashington, D.C. 20530Re:
Section 5 Submission Regarding the New York State Senate 2012-1445
Dear Mr. Herren:As Chair of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian LegislativeCaucus, which consists of 48 minority members of the New York State Senate and Assembly;I write to urge the Attorney General to object to the pending Section 5 submission of the NewYork State Senate for S. 6696 which provides for a new redistrict plan for the New York StateSenate.The Attorney General should object to S.6696 because the New York State Senate hasfailed to meet its burden of showing that S. 6696 “neither has the purpose or will have theeffect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race or membership in a languageminority group. 42 U.S.C. Section 1973c(a). In addition, S. 6696 contains 63 New York Senateseats, a change from the existing plan that has 62 seats. Upon information and belief, the NewYork State Legislature also used a different methodology to calculate the number of districts inS. 6696 than was used in the existing plan. Both of these changes constitute a change in“standard, procedure with respect to voting that must be precleared.Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, a districting plan impermissibly “denies orabridges the right to vote” if it “has the purpose or will have the effect of diminishing theability of any citizens of the United States on account of race or color [or membership in alanguage minority group] to elect their preferred candidates of choice.”42 U.S.C. Section