A trio of significant cases involving election districts, or a lack thereof, saw action in the last 48 hours. Two moved toward further trials while a third may be coming to an end.

Congressional Redistricting: A status conference has been set for April 27 to discuss a trial schedule for plaintiffs’ request to prevent the current congressional map from being used for the 2018 elections, whether Texas should once again be required to submit election law changes for federal preclearance and other outstanding claims in the case. Among the latter are claims against the districts drawn in 2011 and 2013 for the Texas House of Representatives.

A recent ruling invalidated several districts as they were drawn by the Legislature in 2011, but that map was never used. Plaintiffs have argued that some defects found by the court in that map still exist in the maps in use today, which were originally drawn by a court and later adopted by the Legislature. Judge Xavier Rodriguez also requested that the state be prepared to discuss whether the Legislature intends to redraw the map during the legislative session.

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