Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case

Supreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case
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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Texas's appeal of a lower court decision to strike down the state’s congressional and legislative voter maps.

The appeal from Texas is apart of an effort to bring back Republican-drawn electoral districts for congressional and state legislative seats. 

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The state argues that the redistricting plan was based on a map approved by the same judges in 2012. However, voters' rights advocates say it is drawn in a way that weakens the influence of minority voters, who typically vote for Democratic candidates. 

The high court in September blocked the lower court ruling, which had ordered new maps to be drawn.

The lower court in San Antonio ruled that the 27th and 35th Texas congressional districts went against the Voting Rights Act by attempting to weaken Hispanic voters' influence in the GOP-controlled 27th district and had relied too heavily on race in preserving the Democrat-controlled 35th District.

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), who is not seeking reelection, represents the 27th District and Rep. Lloyd DoggettLloyd Alton DoggettSupreme Court agrees to hear Texas redistricting case Overnight Health Care: House Dems sound alarm over HHS pick | Trump takes new tack to weaken ObamaCare | Koch-backed groups push to ease access to experimental drugs House Dems sound alarm about Trump health nominee MORE (D-Texas) represents the 35th district.

The same court also found similar issues with the maps that were drawn for the state's House of Representatives districts in August. 

No additional districts will be drawn while the Supreme Court mulls the state's appeal. 

Friday's ruling comes after North Carolina Republicans on Friday requested that the high court block a federal district court's decision to throw out its congressional voter map.