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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Justice Scalia has asked redistricting plaintiffs to submit briefing on the state’s request for a stay of the interim state house and senate maps by 4 p.m. on December 1.

So is the request a harbinger of any sort?  Probably not.

As explained in the backgrounder below, asking for briefing is not an uncommon step with Supreme Court stays, especially in high profile cases.  In 2004, for example, the Supreme Court asked for briefs from the State of Texas in response to a request by minority groups and Democrats to stay the ‘DeLay map,’ even though the court ultimately rejected the stay request unanimously in a summary order. 

Here’s more on the process of getting an emergency stay at the Supreme Court:

http://txredistricting.org/post/13153857831/backgrounder-getting-a-stay-at-the-supreme-court