Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

US Supreme Court Will Hear Texas' Redistricting Cases

US Supreme Court Will Hear Texas' Redistricting Cases

Texas officials appealed the rulings, which said two congressional districts and nine Texas House districts were improperly drawn along racial lines in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

The state's congressional and statehouse maps were struck down by federal courts a year ago after judges ruled they intentionally discriminate against minorities.

Friday's decision to combine the Texas cases and hear oral arguments in the spring came nearly four months after the Supreme Court, acting on a Texas request, blocked the lower court's efforts to begin redrawing the districts to allow time to consider whether to review the rulings. That court found legal problems with two of the congressional districts and several of the state legislative.

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Acting on the Texas appeal, a divided court blocked efforts to redraw the maps in September to allow time to consider whether to grant Texas' request to overturn the rulings.

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), who is not seeking reelection, represents the 27th District and Rep. The Supreme Court announced their decision on Friday to hear the consolidated case on Texas' voting maps.

"We will again be before the Supreme Court to examine Texas Republicans' stacking of the deck through systemic discrimination against people of color", Hinojosa said.

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