Texas Voting Maps Largely OKed by Justices

Texas, for the most part, got the go-ahead from the U.S. Supreme Court today to continue to use redrawn congressional and state voting maps.

The court largely rejected a challenge that the district configurations continued to discriminate against blacks and Hispanics. They were redrawn by a federal district court in 2012 after it found the old ones intentionally disadvantaged minority voters. The Legislature then adopted them.

The district court required Texas to show that adopting the redrawn maps “purged” the taint of the originally racially gerrymandered districts. That wasn’t necessary, the court said in a 5-4 decision penned by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.

The court did affirm the ruling that one state district was a racial gerrymander, however.

The maps will be in place for the 2018 mid-terms and the 2020 election, a presidential year. Redistricting will take place following the 2020 census.

The case is Abbott v. Perez, U.S., No. 17-586, 6/25/18.