Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case

Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case

Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case

The appeal from Texas is apart of an effort to bring back Republican-drawn electoral districts for congressional and state legislative seats.

Friday's decision to combine the Texas cases and hear oral arguments in the spring came nearly four months after the Supreme Court, acting on a Texas request, blocked the lower court's efforts to begin redrawing the districts to allow time to consider whether to review the rulings.

Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case

The high court said it would hear appeals by Texas on the maps after a three-judge lower court ruled last summer that the state drew some district lines in a way that purposely disadvantaged minority voters.

The United States Supreme Court has chose to take on the Texas case which could potentially determine whether the state's congressional and state House maps were drawn to intentionally discriminate against people of color.

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READ: Marry a laptop? Previously, there were two separate cases: One for the state's congressional map, and one for the Texas House map.

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), who is not seeking reelection, represents the 27th District and Rep.

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

The same court also found similar issues with the maps that were drawn for the state's House of Representatives districts in August.

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"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. "This is a welcome development on the eve of MLK weekend, when we should all reflect on how discrimination continues to exist".

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