Texas Congressional redistricting on hold after 5-4 Supreme Court ruling

September 13, 2017 09:18
Texas Congressional redistricting on hold after 5-4 Supreme Court ruling

Texas will hold 2018 elections under current congressional and state house maps after supreme court on Tuesday night blocked a lower court ruling calling for changes in the Map.

Separate ruling from a three- judge Panel in a federal court has called for revisions to several congressional and statehouse districts after finding that the maps violated the Constitutional and Voting Rights Act in San Antonio last month.

The supreme court’s brief order split 5-4 along Ideology lines and it’s the latest ruling in the years-long legal battle over maps drawn after the 2010 census. The high court’s order will remain in effect while it considers Texas appeal.

The Court in San Antonio ruled that a congressional district in Corpus Christi ruled by republican Blake Fraenthold denied an opportunity for Hispanic voters an opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. The court also rejected another Congressional district that is currently held by Democrat Lloyd Dogget.

Plaintiffs in this case which include minority law makers and civil rights Organization had also challenged the fairness of districts drawn in the Dallas- Fort Worth area, “arguing that state had packed and cracked” minority communities in North Texas, but the judges made no changes in D-FW districts.

In another decision, the San Antonio panel found similar issues at State Legislative Districts including some in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The judges in their ruling said that the intentional discrimination from 2011 carried over into parts of the 2013 maps. The ruling would have affected five districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area: state House Districts 103, 104 and 105 in western Dallas County and Districts 90 and 93 in Tarrant County. The judges also ruled that Districts 32 and 34 in Nueces County and Districts 54 and 55 in Bell County should be redrawn.

By A.s

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