Supreme Court blocks lower court rulings invalidating Texas redistricting

Supreme Court blocks lower court rulings invalidating Texas redistricting

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked two lower court rulings that mandated the redrawing of Texas congressional and state legislative districts [orders, PDF]. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer would have denied the application for stay.

In August, the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] found [JURIST report] Districts 27 and 35 invalid pursuant to the Voting Rights Act [text, PDF] and the Fourteenth Amendment [text]. Texas’ state legislative maps were struck on similar grounds.

No new districts will be drawn under Tuesday’s orders until the Supreme Court makes a final ruling. Without the mandated order to redraw the districts, the 2018 elections will likely proceed as is.