Supreme Court Wades Into Texas Redistricting Muck

The justices heard arguments on Monday, but they found themselves on a sticky wicket and are no closer to making a decision. 
Tue January 10, 2012 7:49 pm

The Supreme Court waded into Texas’ redistricting swamp in a Monday afternoon hearing, raising the possibility that primary elections could be pushed back even further to afford the courts more time to ruminate. The stakes could not be higher—both the control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the future of the Voting Rights Act potentially hang in the balance.

To simplfy the matter, before Texans can go to the ballot box for primaries, they need functioning district maps so they know where to vote and so politicians know where to run. Usually, the state’s congressional and state-level primaries take place the first Tuesday in March, but with all the redistricting rigamarole—which has been going on since the maps were unveiled last May—election day was pushed to  April 3.

But Monday, the justices seemed to want them moved (again) to June

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