US court rejects Texas redistricting maps

By REUTERS
August 29, 2012 00:30

WASHINGTON - A US federal court ruled on Tuesday that a controversial Texas redistricting map discriminates against black and Hispanic voters, effectively killing the new districts before they could take effect for the Nov. 6 presidential election.

The US District Court for the District of Columbia issued the ruling. The state map, passed by the Republican-dominated Texas legislature, redrew districts in a way that reduced the influence of minority voters, the court ruled.

November's election will instead use interim maps drawn by a federal court in San Antonio.


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