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U.S. Court of Appeals rejects Texas redistricting maps

By Melissa Crowe
Aug. 28, 2012 at 3:28 a.m.
Updated Aug. 29, 2012 at 3:29 a.m.


TEXAS REDISTRICTING BATTLE

Texas Legislature throws out maps of 2010 census Texas submits its own maps in June 2011 to the federal court in Washington, D.C.Groups file suit against Texas through a San Antonio courtSan Antonio court issues an order to redraw the lines for the primary election and Texas appealed that order to the U.S. Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court agrees with Texas and tells the San Antonio court to redraw the lines using Texas' as a basis, which pushes election day back to April 3 and later to May 29San Antonio court creates its second map and received tentative agreement from the state and several plaintiffsThat map put in place as an interim map for the primary, runoff and general election

Victoria County Elections Administrator George Matthews said Victoria could get caught in the crossfire of the legal battle over voting districts.

"Our District 27 is not necessarily one that becomes a problem," he said.

However, if district lines north and south of Victoria are redrawn, District 27 will change.

"You can't change the lines from adjacent districts without affecting the population of another district," he said.

Matthews said the next step hinges on the U.S. Supreme Court appeal and whether it sides with the Washington, D.C., court or the attorney general.

"It may seem that the Texas legislature, which has the power to do redistricting whenever it wants to, may seek to redraw the lines for next year," Matthews said.

There is no clear indication of what map will be used in 2014.

"The state believes they've done nothing wrong, but the federal court in Washington, D.C., believes they have," Matthews said.

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