The Trump administration no longer supports requiring Texas to obtain federal approval of changes to its legislative and congressional maps.
The court also upheld 10 of 11 districts that had been flagged as problematic.
The high court will consider Texas’ appeal of a lower court ruling that found that state lawmakers drew discriminatory election maps.
Further extending a drawn-out legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case over whether Texas’ congressional and House district boundaries discriminate against voters of color.
Legislative majorities often cheat when they’re drawing political maps, but a case argued this week in the U.S. Supreme Court could put new limits on lawmaker decisions on who represents whom.
The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a serious setback to those hoping Texas would see new congressional and House district maps ahead of the 2018 elections.
Attorney General Ken Paxton is appealing the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court and trying to keep the boundaries intact for the 2018 elections
Judges had trouble swallowing the State’s defense of political maps that minority groups say minimize the political clout of Latino and black Texans.
As part of a week-long court battle over the state’s political maps, minority rights groups on Monday focused on the discriminatory impact of the House map.
The real prize at stake in the state’s redistricting legislation is federal oversight of the state’s Republican mapmakers.