Texas Gerrymandering Case Heads To Supreme Court

Apr 22, 2018

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A Texas voting case currently before the Supreme Court could change the shape of districts in the Lone Star State and affect the power balance in the State Legislature.

As The Houston Chronicle reports, the case concerns gerrymandering, which is the practice of redrawing voting districts to favor one political party. Democrats have charged that, following the 2010 census, Texas Republicans redrew the maps to favor their own real elections and give themselves a larger majority in the statehouse.

Tomorrow morning, all nine justices of the United States Supreme Court are set to hear the case. The question before the high court: did Republican lawmakers try to subvert the voting power of black and Latino voters? The court's response could potentially turn Texas slightly bluer.