TEXAS | TX-23

Texas Redistricting Trial Begins Monday

It could make some congressional districts more favorable to Democrats.

July 10, 2017, 11:09 a.m.

“A tri­al be­gin­ning today in San Ant­o­nio to de­term­ine the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of Texas’ 2013 re­dis­trict­ing maps is ex­pec­ted to set the stage for changes to state and con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts ahead of the 2018 elec­tion.” The judges “will not hear open­ing ar­gu­ments but will go straight in­to hear­ing evid­ence from a num­ber of plaintiffs, ac­cord­ing to court re­cords.” Evid­ence about the state House maps is ex­pec­ted first, fol­lowed by evid­ence about the con­gres­sion­al maps.” (San Ant­o­nio Ex­press-News)

THE FIELD. Former Hous­ing and Urb­an De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cial Ju­dith Canales (D) is con­sid­er­ing a run against Rep. Will Hurd (R) and said pos­sible re­dis­trict­ing won’t af­fect her de­cision. She served as a “ad­min­is­trat­or for Rur­al Busi­ness and Co­oper­at­ive Pro­grams in the De­part­ment of Ag­ri­cul­ture” and is “based in Eagle Pass, where she once served as as­sist­ant city man­ager. … Spec­u­la­tion also has fo­cused on As­sist­ant U.S. At­tor­ney Jay Hul­ings, who at­ten­ded Har­vard Law School and served nearly two years as the deputy chief coun­sel for the House Per­man­ent Se­lect Com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence.” (San Ant­o­nio Ex­press-News)

THE STAKES. “It’s un­clear when the pan­el will rule after this week’s hear­ing wraps up. But loc­al elec­tion ad­min­is­trat­ors have said they need clar­ity on dis­trict bound­ar­ies by Oc­to­ber so they have enough time to pre­pare for the March primar­ies, send out voter re­gis­tra­tion cards and meet oth­er elect­or­al dead­lines. If the court rules that the 2013 maps must be fixed ahead of the elec­tions, it could set off a scramble to fi­nal­ize a ver­sion of the state maps that are ac­cept­able to the court without delay­ing the up­com­ing elec­tions.” (Texas Tribune)

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