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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:15

SCOTUS blocks lower court redrawing Texas redistricting maps again, so what’s next?

Written by  Kemberlee Kaye

5-4 split

Texas’ Congressional and state legislative district maps have been bouncing around the federal court system for months.

Tuesday, the Supreme Court blocked an order from the lower court that required new maps redrawn.

Redrawing maps would create new districts and ultimately favor Democrats in upcoming elections.

At the heart of the district maps battle are allegations that maps drawn after the 2010 census were essentially racist and thus unconstitutional and contradictory to the Voting Rights Act.

The New York Times has the breakdown:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked rulings from a federal court in Texas that had called for revisions to congressional and state legislative districts in the state after the court found that the districts violated the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

The Supreme Court’s brief order, in a long-running dispute over legislative maps drawn after the 2010 census, made it more likely that the 2018 election will be held using maps rejected by a three-judge panel of the Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas, in San Antonio. The Supreme Court’s order will remain in place while it considers the state’s appeal.

The vote was 5 to 4 and divided along ideological lines, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority.

Read more at LegalInsurrection

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