Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Redrawing Texas Voting Maps Put On Hold; Texans Turn To Alternative Medicine

Redrawing Texas Voting Maps Put On Hold; Texans Turn To Alternative Medicine

Earlier this year, a three-judge panel of a federal district court in Texas found Texas guilty of drawing the maps for their state legislative and congressional districts so that voters of color had less electoral power, making it easier to keep the state under Republican control. In a 5-4 decision along partisan lines Tuesday, the Supreme Court granted a request from Texas that it keep its congressional map, instituted by Texas Republicans in 2013, until the Supreme Court reviews a lower court's decision, reports the Washington Post. The constitutional fights over claims of racial gerrymandering in Texas have been waged for six years in the San Antonio court. Those orders will stay in effect until the Justices finish whatever action they ultimately decide to take on the state's coming appeals, which are nearly certain to be accepted for review by the Justices.

The high court could also choose to delay the March primary elections - a decision that's likely months away. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would have denied the stay. The dissenters, like the majority, did not explain their votes. Alito did not explain those actions.

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Without a special session or a court redrawing the legislative and congressional district lines, it would seem impossible to have the new districts in place in time for the 2018 elections. The district court disagreed, reasoning that discrimination from the 2011 maps had carried over in the interim plan.

Although the trial court had actually found intentional race bias in crafting only two out of the state's 36 congressional districts and only nine of the 150 seats in the Texas house, moving voters around when new districts are crafted could affect neighboring districts as well as those ruled invalid.

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The decision was yet another indication of the influence of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, who joined the court in April. One law expert tells CNN, however, that "the 5-4 split indicates that the map's challengers may have a tough time before the Justices when the (Supreme) Court eventually hears this case".

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