Supreme Court sends NC partisan gerrymander case back for more arguments

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After siding with a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent back to lower courts a similar dispute over a florist who declined to create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding based on her Christian beliefs.

"The court rightly recognized that the Constitution protects the right of Texans to draw their own legislative districts, and rejected the misguided efforts by unelected federal judges to wrest control of Texas elections from Texas voters", said Mr. Paxton. To avoid such problems the second time around, lawmakers said they would completely ignore the race of voters and focus exclusively on party affiliation and voting patterns.

That means the challengers will have to persuade the three-judge panel that struck down the congressional districts as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders that a voter in each district suffered harm. Senators voice "deep" concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases 6 months in, GOP tax bill an utter flop Overnight Health Care - Sponsored by PCMA - Trump hits federally funded clinics with new abortion restrictions MORE (D).

Two congressional districts - which reach part of Central Texas - and state house districts in four counties were highlighted in the legal challenge. He wrote that the Texas legislature using the previous court-ordered map to avoid litigation is "entirely reasonable and certainly legitimate". Texas appealed, and the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, which resulted in the ruling on Monday.

Texas ultimately adopted that remedial plan as its redistricting map in 2013.

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Thomas and Gorsuch added they do not believe the Voting Rights Act applies to redistricting.

This developing report will be updated. Further, state officials asked the highest court in the land not to set the precedent of second-guessing their call on the matter.

Although a lower court had invalidated the maps, the Supreme Court had stayed that order, and they will likely be used in the next election.

The decision was 5-4, with the court's conservative justices in the majority and liberals dissenting.

Much of Alito's opinion dealt with the procedural issue of whether Texas had appealed the case to the Supreme Court too early given that the lower court was still working on a remedy.

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Before that could happen, Texas went to the Supreme Court.

The case is Abbott v Perez.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the Wisconsin decision that the Supreme Court's role "is to vindicate the individual rights of the people appearing before it", not generalized partisan preferences.

"Minority voters in Texas-despite constituting a majority of the population within the State-will continue to be underrepresented in the political process", Sotomayor wrote.

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