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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Supreme Court Denies Request to Block Electoral Maps in Texas


WASHINGTON â€" The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed November's elections in Texas to proceed under interim electoral maps approved by a federal court San Antonio.

That court drew new maps after a unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court in January that said earlier court-drawn maps had paid insufficient deference to ones that had been drawn by the Texas legislature but had not yet been approved, as required by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, by the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington.

This month, after a ruling from the federal court in Washington rejecting the legislature's maps, the League of United Latin American Citizens urged the Supreme Court to block the court-drawn interim maps . The group said the maps diluted the voting strength of minorities.

Governor Rick Perry has filed an appeal of the federal court's ruling to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court order on Wednesday rejecting the group's stay application was brief and unsigned.