Texas Three-Judge Court Cites “Voluminous” Record as Reason Why it Will Take Its Sweet Time on Texas Redistricting

San Antonio, Texas – Its the biggest, most watched redistricting litigation of the decade; but the Texas redistricting case(s) began in 2011 and no ruling has been forthcoming by the federal district court panel tasked to resolve it.  Plaintiff’s recently filed a request for the court to make a final decision and the court responded […]

Listen to U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument Audio in Evenwel v. Abbott

On December 8, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Evenwel v. Abbott, on the concept of “one person, one vote” and whether states could consider total population or the number of eligible voters when redrawing legislative districts. Click below to listen.      

Weekly Redistricting Update

Florida: State Legislature Cries “Uncle,” Gives Up On a Legislative District Map Last week the Florida Legislature ended its second special redistricting session without a map for state senate districts. Senate leaders are throwing the issue back to the court, and have proposed that the court have a special master draw the map. This “proposal” […]

Weekly Update

Florida: Special Session for Redistricting Begins With its congressional map tied up in the courts, legislators in Florida have convened a another special session to redraw state senate lines in an effort to head off court invalidation. It is scheduled to last three weeks and state news organizations report it is likely to be a […]

Top Redistricting Litigator Talks “Texas” in Latest ELB Podcast

Electionlawblog’s Rick Hasen talks voting rights and redistricting litigation with Nina Perales of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. This podcast series explores the world of election law and its ever evolving policy.

Appeals Court Overturns Lawyer Fees in Texas Redistricting Case

AUSTIN, TX — A federal appeals panel has reversed a decision granting roughly $360,000 in legal fees to lawyers who helped former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis fend off Republican-drawn political boundaries as part of a yearslong court fight over Texas’ redistricting maps. Read more in the San Antonio Express. Read the Opinion here.