Supreme Court Preserves Texas' Gerrymandered Maps In 5-4 Split-For Now

Supreme Court Preserves Texas' Gerrymandered Maps In 5-4 Split-For Now

Texas likely won't be forced to redraw electoral districts a court found were intentionally created to weaken the influence of minority voters before the 2018 midterm elections.

In separate orders issued Tuesday, the high court blocked two lower court rulings that invalidated parts of those maps where lawmakers were found to have discriminated against voters of color.

The lower court had given the Texas governor three days to decide whether to call a special legislative session and said the state should be ready start work on redrawing the districts by September 5. 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 court action follows a temporary stay granted by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. on August 28.

But the court's liberals - Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan - signaled their unhappiness by noting they would not have agreed to Texas' request. The dissenters, like the majority, did not explain their votes.

The Supreme Court court will fully consider the constitutionality of the maps at a later date, but the temporary stay of the lower court ruling makes it more likely that the racially gerrymandered districts will be used for the 2018 election. Alito did not explain those actions.

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The two congressional districts were drawn in 2011 and incorporated in interim maps drawn by the federal court after a court challenge.

The court's intervention was a victory for Texas Republicans, who had drawn the districts.

Another peculiar aspect of the cases, according to Texas's lawyers, was that the maps that were found to be discriminatory had actually been crafted by the federal court itself, and then largely adopted by the legislature - and yet the three judges had struck them down anyway as discriminatory.

The Supreme Court gave no reason for its Tuesday decision as is normal in such cases, per Politico.

Federal law also practically requires the Supreme Court to review such cases, and imposes a duty on the Justices to treat them with greater speed.

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