U.S. Court of Appeals rejects Texas redistricting maps

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

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

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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