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Jul 2, 2018

Voting Rights Primer: TX Hopes SCOTUS Decision On Redistricting Could Mean Victory On Voter ID

The spate of end-of-term Supreme Court decisions — and non-decisions — on redistricting is influencing at least one state’s strategy on other voting issues. In Texas, where SCOTUS upheld congressional and state maps as not intentionally discriminatory, lawmakers are hoping to capitalize on that court victory to achieve another. On Wednesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a U.S. District judge to reconsider her findings that the state’s voter ID law intentionally discriminated in light of the Monday SCOTUS decision. The state argued that Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who previously ruled that the law intentionally discriminated against voters of color, should be inspired by the SCOTUS decision to extend the “presumption of legislative good faith” to the state. Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Supreme Court threw out part of a lower-court decision that had invalidated nine North Carolina state legislative districts as discriminatory. In its decision, the Supreme Court ruled that four of those districts thrown out by the lower court…

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