Texas Voter Redistricting Row Loses Gerrymandering Claims

By Jeremy Heallen (June 18, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal court on Tuesday refused to dismiss a challenge to election maps that the state adopted in 2011, but threw out a gerrymandering complaint aimed at a set of maps Texas approved last year, saying it was unclear how the allegation could be judged objectively.

A three-judge panel presiding in the Western District of Texas rejected the state's argument that litigation over the 2011 maps is moot since they have long since been superseded, ruling that there was some evidence that the state would likely engage in voter dilution in the future, which would entitle affected minority groups to...

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