A political race that’s catching a lot of attention in North Texas is the new 33rd Congressional District. The winner will represent parts of Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth.
Time is running out for a minority group and the State Attorney General’s office to agree on how to draw new political maps.
Opposing sides continue to summon expert witnesses as a trial continues in a federal court in Washington on Texas political redistricting.
Minority groups that claim Texas’ new political maps are unfair have asked a three-judge panel to take their time drafting new maps.
The Supreme Court has thrown out electoral maps drawn by federal judges in Texas that favored minorities.
Following arguments over redistricting before the U.S. Supreme Court, the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas says the state might be forced to hold two primary elections.
There are “genuine issues” of whether Texas Republicans in the Legislature intentionally discriminated against Hispanics in redrawing the state’s political maps, three federal court judges said in an opinion.
The Texas attorney general asked the Supreme Court on Monday to stop a federal court from implementing temporary legislative redistricting maps in Texas that could increase minority representation in the state House.
A federal court has issued a proposed interim map for Texas congressional districts ahead of the 2012 elections. The map released Wednesday will temporarily override plans drawn by the GOP-led Legislature.
A hearing is scheduled in federal court in South Texas that could determine what district lines can be used temporarily as election officials prepare for next year’s primaries.
The U.S. Department of Justice says Texas’ new voting maps for Congress and for the Texas House were drawn with discriminatory intent.
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.
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