THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Friday, October 19, 2012

Texas Files Appeal with U.S. Supreme Court in Redistricting Case

AUSTIN - The Texas Attorney General's Office today formally submitted its request that the U.S. Supreme Court reverse the D.C. district court's decision to deny preclearance to the redistricting maps enacted by the Texas Legislature during the 2011 legislative session. Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement regarding today's filing:

"The State of Texas is appealing this case because the lower court improperly extended the Voting Rights Act beyond the limits imposed by the Constitution and created new standards that have never been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court. The maps enacted by the Texas Legislature satisfy all necessary legal requirements, so the judges in Washington, D.C. simply created new requirements in an attempt to justify their rejection of Texas' maps. In order to ensure the Texas Legislature's maps apply to the next election cycle, the State is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case and override the lower court's flawed decision during the Court's current term."