A letter signed by prominent members of clergy from throughout New York calls on Governor Andrew Cuomo to "stand up for the rights of every vote" when it comes to redistricting.
The letter comes as the bipartisan legislative committee responsible for drawing new political boundaries is set to release draft maps in the next week or so, according to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The clergymen say they are worried the process will "the unjust opportunity to choose which voters they represent and not allowed the voters to choose their representatives."
The full text of the letter signed by dozens of faith leaders from across New York is below.
Minority communities, good government groups and others have vocally called for a redistricting process they say will more fairly represent them in the state and Federal legislatures.