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How a Supreme Court Ruling Against North Carolina Might Affect How Political Districts in Texas Are Drawn

Gerrymandering is the process by which congressional districts are drawn in a way that heavily favors one party over the other. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina had violated the Constitution by doing this very thing — drawing district lines according to race. After similar rulings in Alabama and Virginia, could Texas […]

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Gerrymandering is the process by which congressional districts are drawn in a way that heavily favors one party over the other. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina had violated the Constitution by doing this very thing — drawing district lines according to race.

After similar rulings in Alabama and Virginia, could Texas be next? We talk with Rocky Rhodes, professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, about the ruling, what standards the court suggests should be used, and how the Voting Rights Act comes into play.

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