U.S. 5th Circuit sets Galveston County redistricting case appeal for May 2024

Posted on · Plaintiffs in the case are seeking rapid intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court to force the county to redraw its political map in line with the Voting Rights Act. Stephen Holmes, the county commissioner at the center of the case, is up for reelection next year.


Plaintiffs in Galveston County redistricting case seek U.S. Supreme Court intervention

Posted on · The U.S. Fifth Circuit stayed a lower court’s order that the county redraw its political maps to comply with the Voting Rights Act. The deadline is rapidly approaching for candidates to file to run for Galveston County Precinct 3 commissioner, the position at the center of the lawsuit.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.


Federal appeals court stays redistricting ruling against Galveston County

Posted on · The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed until November 10 a lower court judgment requiring the county’s Republican leaders to submit a new map to comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

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Galveston County voting maps (Oct. 20, 2023)

Posted on · On Friday's show: A federal judge has given Galveston County's leaders an extra week to come up with a new redistricting plan that complies with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. But the legal fight over the county's 2021 political map could be far from over.


Galveston County leaders get a week’s delay in deadline to file new redistricting plan

Posted on · Democratic Commissioner Stephen Holmes, whose precinct is at the center of the voting rights legal battle, says his GOP colleagues are still cutting him out of the process of redrawing the county’s political boundaries.


Federal court strikes down Galveston County’s 2021 redistricting plan

Posted on · Judge Jeffrey V. Brown ruled the county violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act when it redrew its political boundaries to eliminate the one precinct in which Black and Latino residents comprised a majority of registered voters.