Supreme Court Axes Texas Electoral Map
They say judge strayed too far from legislature's vision
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2012 1:11 PM CST
A previous Texas congressional redistricting map is seen in this August 9, 2003 file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court threw out a federal court's draft of a Texas electoral map, saying it strayed too far from the one drawn by the state's Republican legislature. The decision, which was issued by the court as a whole, rather than signed by an individual justice, is a near-term win for Republicans, likely guaranteeing them a friendly 2012 map, Politico reports.

But the court stopped short of voiding the Voting Rights Act provision that allows for judicial review of electoral maps to ensure proper minority representation, as some activists had feared it might. Only Clarence Thomas said he'd support that, the AP reports. A DC court is evaluating Texas' map at the moment, so a San Antonio court had been asked to draw a temporary fill-in. But the justices said that court appeared to ignore legislators' wishes, even redrawing districts where no discrimination was alleged.