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The Source: Texas Redistricting Back In San Antonio Federal Court

Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio

The future of Texas' election maps is murky. Heck, after the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in Shelby v Holder,the future of the future of Texas' election maps is murky, with federal preclearance of voting law changes in states with a history of racial discrimination.

With the rollback of select provisions in the Voting Rights Act, several states are finding themselves in unknown waters as they press to limit early voting days and, like Texas, are accused of gerrymandering.

Today in San Antonio federal court opposing sides will file briefs on how they think the court should proceed.

The election maps have been an incendiary issue for the past four years, since an aggressive push by the state GOP resulted in almost certain republican seats.

The maps were thrown out and temporary ones were adopted for the past election, but another suit surfaced.  The case could define how states enact voting laws in post-Shelby, post-preclearance America.

Where are we now and what will the future of our elections look like? 


  • Henry Flores, distinguished political science research professor at St. Mary's University
  • Michael Li, redistricting and voting counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice (@mcpli)

*This is the first segment in the July 14 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. 

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