Court Halts Texas Redistricting Map

Source: Ginger Gibson / Politico

A federal court put the brakes on a Republican-drawn congressional map Tuesday, potentially costing the GOP House seats in next year’s election.

Because the D.C. District Court on Tuesday refused to sign off on the newest map, which was drawn by a Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Perry, the plan won’t be approved in time for the November filing period, said Matt Angle, a Texas Democratic strategist who has been advocating against the plan.

In a ruling by a three-judge panel, the court found Texas used “an improper standard or methodology” to determine districts that would represent minorities. Tuesday’s ruling clears the way for a trial, according to the Associated Press.

A federal court in San Antonio will be responsible for creating an interim map in time for the Nov. 28 start of filing, Angle said. The D.C. District Court will set a time for a hearing, Angle said.

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