Texas Redistricting Trial Wraps Up Without Ruling

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The federal trial challenging the legality of new voting maps for Texas is over, but a three-judge panel considering the case has indicated it will wait for the Justice Department to weigh in before issuing a ruling.

The state attorney general’s office wrapped up the nine-day trial with closing arguments Friday, saying the redistricting plan passed by the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature wasn’t drawn with prejudice and preserves the voting power of minorities.

Minority and Democratic groups that brought the lawsuit argue the proposed voting lines are illegal because they dilute the voting power of Hispanics.

Texas received four new seats in the U.S. House after the last census, more than any state. The Justice Department has yet to approve the maps as required by law.

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One Comment

  1. darrell says:

    hopefully there is reason behind this insanity. with the possibility of 4 new republican house seats i think i know which way the obama administration will rule on this.

  2. Scot Fahey says:

    a FEDERAL three-judge panel considering the case has indicated it will wait for Attorney General Holder? Anyone recall a Federal judge asking for the thoughts of the Attorney General before??

  3. TrashCanIt says:

    The way they split my county and nearby town up, they need to dump this map. Several have admitted they did it that way so a representative could run for a US office, which he has decided not to run for. That alone tells you it was not drawn correctly, which both parties are guilty of doing. We need a panel of non-party affiliated citizens to draw the maps in the future to end this childish game they both play.

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