New Maps OK'd for 2014 Texas Elections – But Only on Interim Basis
A federal court has ordered Texas to use political maps drawn by the Legislature this year for holding 2014 elections, but only on an interim basis. A three-judge panel in San Antonio issued the ruling today, giving both sides in the lawsuit over Texas' voting maps reason to claim victory. The court denied the state's request to throw out the lawsuit brought by civil rights groups. which claim the Legislature intentionally discriminated against minorities in 2011 and needs federal supervision. Here's more from KUT News' reporting partner The Texas Tribune:
The state's 2014 primaries will be held using the congressional and legislative maps approved by lawmakers this summer, a federal panel of judges ruled Friday. The San Antonio-based judges said they don't have time to finally settle the legal disputes over the state's redistricting maps before those elections, which are scheduled for March, but told the state to proceed with those maps until the lawsuits have played out.