US Supreme Court will examine Texas redistricting

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

The lower court in San Antonio ruled that the 27th and 35th Texas congressional districts went against the Voting Rights Act by attempting to weaken Hispanic voters' influence in the GOP-controlled 27th district and had relied too heavily on race in preserving the Democrat-controlled 35th District.

WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review whether Republican lawmakers in Texas intentionally discriminated against minorities when they enacted their current voting maps for federal and state office.

Eric Holder Jr., chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and USA attorney general under former President Barack Obama, said the Texas case gives the Supreme Court a chance to send the message that "racial gerrymandering and intentional vote dilution is unconstitutional and diminishes the voice of minority citizens". That court found legal problems with two of the congressional districts and several of the state legislative.

"By ending illegal gerrymandering, we can ensure that our elected officials represent the diversity of American communities", Holder said. Previously, there were two separate cases: One for the state's congressional map, and one for the Texas House map.

No additional districts will be drawn while the Supreme Court mulls the state's appeal.

And the court's docket might soon expand. The Supreme Court announced their decision on Friday to hear the consolidated case on Texas' voting maps.

"Today's news again shines light on Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans' pattern of discriminating against Texans of color", Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement today.

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