Abbott v. Perez (TX gerrymandering)

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Abbott v. Perez (TX gerrymandering)


Post by bob » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:30 pm

Bloomberg: Texas Gets U.S. Supreme Court Review on Voided Voting Districts:
The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh putting new curbs on voting-discrimination lawsuits, agreeing to hear Texas’s defense of Republican-drawn election district lines that a lower court said were the product of intentional racial discrimination.

Adding a new chapter to a long-running legal saga, the justices said they will consider the state’s appeals over its congressional and state legislative voting maps.

A three-judge panel had ordered nine state legislative districts and two congressional districts rewritten, saying lawmakers violated the Constitution and the U.S. Voting Rights Act by intentionally diluting the clout of Hispanic and black voters.

Texas officials say the disputed districts, enacted in 2013, were identical to ones the lower court had put in place the year before on an interim basis. The legislature "could not possibly have acted with an unlawful purpose" when it adopted lines that court previously approved, Texas argued.

The minority groups opposing the lines say the interim maps weren’t designed to resolve every legal issue and were based on discriminatory lines Texas drew after the 2010 U.S. Census.

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The high court in September voted 5-4 to reinstate the disputed congressional and state voting maps while the justices considered whether to hear arguments. The maps have been used with small variations for the past three elections.

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Re: Abbott v. Perez (TX gerrymandering)


Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:37 pm

For all the niceties of this litigation, I hope the opponents of Republican gerrymandering make the policy argument that a government which allows the minority to maintain and even increase its control over the wishes and votes of the majority is an illegitimate government which will surely lead to revolution.

(Paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson.)

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