Early this morning, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed the paperwork to start an appeal of Tuesday’s redistricting ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Under appellate rules, the state now has up to 60 days to file a jurisdictional statement arguing that the case presents a “substantial question” that merits Supreme Court review. (In contrast to most Supreme Court appeals which must go through the certiorari process, an appeal from a ruling of a three-judge panel is considered an appeal by right. However, the Supreme Court still has some discretion about whether or not to take the case if the issue on appeal is too insubstantial- which almost certainly won’t be the case here.)
Abbott’s notice of appeal can be found here.