The Texas redistricting cases
The Court will kick off its January sitting next Monday by hearing oral argument in the Texas redistricting cases. The cases concern the new districting maps enacted by the Texas legislature last year in the aftermath of the 2010 census, which saw the state obtain four additional seats in the House. After the state commenced the pre-clearance process regarding those maps pursuant to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, several groups sued in a Texas federal district court to block the maps from being used in the 2012 election cycle. That court granted an interim order blocking the legislatively enacted maps, replacing them with maps of its own. Our discussion topics this week will focus on how the Court should respond, how it likely will respond, and the Voting Rights Act more generally.