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Texas Redistricting Case Sets New Standard for Interim Maps

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In a per curiam opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Perez v. Perry that the interim redistricting maps drawn by a three-judge panel in San Antonio must be vacated (set aside) because they did not reflect the policy judgments and choices in the legislatively approved maps.  Even though the maps for the Texas House of Representatives, Texas Senate, and the U.S. Congress are pending Section 5 preclearance in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Supreme Court said that the three-judge panel should have used the legislative drawn maps as a starting point to draw the interim maps.

The appellees, minority groups challenging the Texas Legislature’s maps, argued that no deference should be given because the maps had not been precleared as required in Upham v. Seamon.  The Supreme Court disagreed.

New interim maps will be drawn that closely resemble the legislative maps, which give Republicans a strong advantage in the Texas House, Texas Senate, and the U.S. Congress.

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January 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

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