Texas Redistricting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The three-year-old Texas congressional redistricting fight returns to an Austin federal court today.

There, all sides are scheduled to argue their cases to a three-federal-judge panel.

The judges must decide how the boundaries of a huge southwest Texas congressional district should be redrawn to restore minority voting power. The US Supreme Court ruled that voting power was diminished when Hispanic population concentrations were split into two districts. That district is now represented by San Antonio Republican Henry Bonilla.

The ruling was the result of lawsuit against the state filed by Democrats and several groups of minority rights activists.

Each side has submitted maps they'd like to see adopted.

It's unclear when the judges will make their decision, but Texas elections officials say a ruling is needed by Monday for the changes to be on the November Seventh ballot.

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