A panel of federal district judges has ruled that three South/West Texas Congressional districts must be redrawn and invalidated more than one Dallas/Fort Worth area district because they violate the federal Voting Rights Act. In a 2-1 decision, the panel found that CD23, CD27 and CD35 were drawn with race as the predominant factor. Those districts are held by U.S. Reps. Will Hurd (R-San Antonio), Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi) and Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), respectively.

It was unclear from our first reading of the 166-page decision how many districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area were invalidated. Much of their discussion centers on CD26, CD26, which is represented by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Lewisville), and CD6, which is represented by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis).

Redrawing the invalidated districts necessarily requires redrawing several adjacent districts.

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