The Supreme Court rejected one district in Tom DeLay’s congressional map of Texas.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out part of a Texas congressional map engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, saying some of the new boundaries failed to protect minority voting rights.
The fractured decision was a small victory for Democratic and minority groups who accused Republicans of an unconstitutional power grab in drawing boundaries that booted four Democratic incumbents out of office.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, said Hispanics do not have a chance to elect a candidate of their choosing under the plan.
At issue was the shifting of 100,000 Hispanics out of a district represented by a Republican incumbent and into a new, oddly shaped district. Justices had been told that was an unconstitutional racial gerrymander under the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voting rights.
Reuters says that the rejected district lies in southwestern Texas.
Knocking out even one DeLay district should be viewed as a victory, particularly this year when the Dems are trying to recapture the House and need every seat we can get.
ABC News says “the court ruled that state legislators may draw new maps as often as they like”. If that’s the way they want it, Dem state legislatures throughtout the country better get busy.