The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked lower court rulings that demanded Texas redraw boundaries for a number of congressional and state legislative districts.
The order issued late Tuesday blocked a decision by the District Court for the Western District of Texas, which called for the districts to be redrawn.
The decision means that the disputed districts will likely be used for the 2018 midterm elections. The districts were originally cited as being racially discriminatory.
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The Texas court’s three-judge panel found that the 27th and 35th districts had been unfairly drawn to disadvantage the area’s large Hispanic population.
The divided court’s liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor all dissented the decision, in an effort to allow the districts to be redrawn.