Monday, by a 5 to 4 vote, conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 2017 ruling on redistricting made by a three-judge panel in the Federal District Court of San Antonio, Texas. The panel had determined that a congressional district map, which included Corpus Christi, denied Hispanic voters their opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. The congressional districts, drawn by the state’s Republican majority, gave Republicans an unquestionable electoral advantage not only in this district but across the state of Texas.
The Supreme Court sent the case back to the District Court to reconsider whether the plaintiffs in the case have the necessary legal standing to sue. The Supreme Court also placed the lower court’s decision (that required a new map be drawn) on hold. As a result, Republicans will retain their gerrymandered advantage in the November election.
Voter Advocates reacted to the decision with frustration and claimed it dealt another major blow to the already weakened 1965 Voting Rights Act.