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Supreme Court Hears Texas Redistricting Case

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The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments regarding Texas redistricting Monday.

On December 9th, 2011, The U.S. Supreme Court halted the use of maps drawn by a federal district court panel in San Antonio, which modified some districts in the state to heavily favor minorities and Democrats.

The judge-drawn maps changed over half of the 150 Texas House districts, five Texas Senate districts, and all of the state’s 36 congressional districts, originally drawn by the Texas Legislature. The state gained four congressional seats following the results of the 2010 census.

Due to the stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court, elections slated to take place in 2012 are being prevented, leaving uncertainty about whether or not the primary elections can take place in early April as originally scheduled.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott weighed in on the maps drawn by the district court panel, saying “No court has, at any time, found anything unlawful about the redistricting maps passed by the Texas Legislature.”

“It is judicial activism at its worst for judges to draw redistricting maps of their own choosing despite no finding of wrongdoing by the State of Texas,” Abbott said.

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