Friday, June 30, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the AP: Schedule set in Texas redistricting case

A federal panel gave both sides in Texas’ redistricting fight two weeks to propose fixes to a congressional district whose borders were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.


On Wednesday, The Supreme Court upheld most of the pro-Republican Texas congressional map but tossed the 23rd Congressional District, which stretches from San Antonio to Laredo and west almost to El Paso. It remanded its redrawing to a three-judge panel.

This is what happened in 1996 when three majority-minority districts were declared unconstitutional. One district was in the Dallas area and two in Houston. The result in that case was that 13 (I think) districts had to be redrawn, and the primary results from those districts had to be tossed. The state then used a Louisiana-style two-round system to elect the Representatives that year.

Less districts than that will be affected this time, but there will be several where they will likely have to use the same procedure that was used in ’96.

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