TEXAS REDISTRICTING & ELECTION LAW

Updates about ongoing redistricting litigation in the Lone Star State and coverage of election law more generally. This website's goal is to try to make sure the redistricting process and litigation over voting law is as transparent and accessible as possible to the public. Hopefully, it will be of some use to a broad range of interested parties, both lawyers and non-lawyers. Have questions, comments, suggestions, additional content, or a redistricting joke (or two)? Feel free to contact me: Michael Li, michael.li@mlilaw.com, 202.681.0641.
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[Updated to add order]

The DC panel issued an order this morning denying the State of Texas’ request for summary judgment on preclearance of state house, state senate, and congressional maps.

The order states:

Having carefully considered the entire record and the parties’ arguments, the Court finds and concludes that the State of Texas used an improper standard or methodology to determine which districts afford minority voters the ability to elect their preferred candidates of choice and that there are material issues of fact in dispute that prevent this Court from entering declaratory judgment that the three redistricting plans meet the requirements of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

The court said that a memorandum opinion further explaining its ruling would be forthcoming, but that the court wanted to issue its ruling promptly so that the San Antonio panel could draw a substitute interim plan for the 2012 election cycle.

Here’s a copy of the order denying summary judgment:

http://tinyurl.com/6vt95sk