Wed September 19, 2012
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Texas Interim Maps
This morning the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a call from the League of United Latin American Citizens to bar the use of Texas district maps drawn by a panel of judges for use in the November elections.
The maps were drawn to replace maps put together by the Republican-led Texas legislature. In August, a Federal Court in Washington D.C. blocked their use.
But LULAC argues that the maps drawn by the judges were based on the maps drawn by the legislature so both should be thrown out.
"Everyone agrees. Everyone, including the state, agrees that these maps are flawed. There's something wrong. We all disagree over exactly what is flawed but, either way, there's flaws in them," LULAC's attorney Luis Vera says.
Vera is disappointed that the Supreme Court did not release a comment with its ruling.
“The sad truth is the Supreme Court has said illegal maps cannot be used in any election and the exception is what we don’t know," Vera says.
Vera says a court in San Antonio will redraw the maps again in December – more than three weeks after the November elections.
"So the taxpayers of Texas are going to spend millions of dollars on this election, only to come back and spend those millions of dollars again because the maps have to be fixed," Vera says.