The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an order blocking a decision by the District Court for the Western District of Texas, which demanded that the Texas legislature redraw boundaries for a number of congressional and state legislative districts after ruling them racially discriminatory.
The gerrymandered districts will likely be used for the 2018 midterm elections.
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The Texas court’s three-judge panel found that the 27th and 35th districts had been unfairly drawn to disadvantage the area’s large Hispanic population.
“[T]he Court concludes that the racially discriminatory intent and effects that it previously found in the 2011 plans carry over into the 2013 plans where … district lines remain unchanged,” the three Texas district court judges wrote in a unanimous opinion. “The Legislature in 2013 intentionally furthered and continued the existing discrimination in the plans.”
It is likely that, if Senate Republicans had not held a seat on the Supreme Court open for more than a year until a Republican president could fill it, that this stay would not have been granted, and the 2018 election would be run under different maps.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor all dissented the decision.