ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state judge said Thursday that New York’s 2022 federal and state elections will proceed as a state court weighs the constitutionality of Congressional and state Senate district maps passed by the Democratic-led Legislature this year.

The judge heard arguments for a lawsuit launched by a group of voters in Republican-friendly communities who believe the maps are biased.

Steuben County Judge Patrick McAllister said he isn’t inclined to halt the election process by striking down those maps because it’s “highly unlikely” new maps could be redrawn in time.

Critics have blasted New York’s Congressional maps as gerrymandered.

The judge said both sides will bring in expert witnesses March 14 to figure out “where the truth lies.”

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