High Court to Rule on Redistricting This Week

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Republicans and Democrats have been fighting for three years over the state's congressional districts, but the battle could be coming to an end. KBTX political analyst Blanche Brick says by as soon as Tuesday, The map of Texas congressional districts may look very different.

"The Supreme Court, most believe, will make a decision on the redistricting in Texas of the congressional districts," said Blanche Brick, KBTX Political Analyst.

The issue focuses on the redistricting plan that shifted state congressional seats in 2004. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay helped redraw those boundary lines, but now The High Court will have to decide whether the state legislature acted inappropriately in redrawing district lines in the middle of a census decade.

"People will begin to lose faith in the process if it is rearranged so frequently to the advantage of either side," said Brick.

Texas Republicans now have 21 congressional seats, Democrats have 11. Before the change, Democrats had 17, Republicans 15. In fact, the only Democrat that kept a seat under the alignment was Representative Chet Edwards.

But despite all the controversy, the Supreme Court normally steers clear of state redistricting cases.

"It would seem that is better solved at the legislative part of our government within the legislature. But when that was attempted here in Texas, we weren't able to resolve that issue," said Brick.

The U.S. Supreme Court could decide to throw out the existing districts and force them to be returned to the previous map or to a lower court. But there is another major issue up in the air, if the current districts are nullified, will it affect the Fall elections just five months away? Texas voters will have to wait for a ruling to find out.