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U.S. Supreme Court: Lines Matter

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It’s time.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow afternoon and decide whether a three-judge panel in San Antonio properly drew interim Texas redistricting maps that comply with federal law and Supreme Court precedents.

The key issue that will be addressed is the level of deference a federal court should give to legislatively crafted plans that were submitted for preclearance  in good faith and are still pending.  The plaintiffs argue that no deference should be given because the maps have not been precleared and thus are legally unforceable.  To give deference would, according to the plaintiffs, allow jurisdictions subject to Section 5 preclearance to delay submitting voting changes or maps for preclearance and then request that any interim remedy include unprecleared changes.

The State of Texas, on the other hand, argues that deference should be given and that the state should not be disadvantaged because the voting changes and maps are awaiting preclearance.

Court observers note that the consolidated Texas redistricting cases may set the foundation for a greater challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Stay tuned for an update…

Written by Admin

January 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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