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Texas Redistricting Maps Rejected by Supreme Court

Published Jan. 20, 2012 @ 10:42 a.m.

This morning the Supreme Court has thrown out the Texas redistricting maps drawn by a San Antonio federal court sending the case back to the San Antonio court for further proceedings.

"Because it is unclear whether the District Court for the Western District of Texas followed the appropriate standards in drawing interim maps for the 2012 Texas elections, the orders implementing those maps are vacated," the court wrote in its decision.

The court-drawn map was imposed after Democrats and minority groups in Texas challenged the original plan approved by the GOP-led state legislature.  The maps were later revised by a federal judicial panel in an attempt to give minorities greater voting power.

The issue is still unresolved and the April 3 Primary Election may be in jeopardy.

(See related story "March Primary Elections Postponed" by clicking here.)

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