The state filed an emergency application with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a stay of last week’s ruling striking down two Texas congressional districts while it appeals the decision.

“This is not déjà vu all over again,” the state argued. “This time around the map found wanting by the district court is the district’s court [sic] own remedial map subsequently enacted into law by the Legislature.” The state asserted that the district court’s timeline will not allow adequate time for appellate review before October 1, the date cited as the deadline by which a map must be set in order for the 2018 primary election to proceed as scheduled. The state is expected to file a similar application for yesterday’s ruling striking down nine Texas House districts.

The state filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking a stay of Wednesday’s ruling striking down its Voter ID law while it appeals the decision. “The State acted precisely as this Court suggested” when it passed Senate Bill 5 during the regular legislative session, but the district court’s ruling “has now permanently enjoined the State from using any type of photo-voter-ID requirement” (emphasis theirs). The state requested a ruling by September 7 in order for the Secretary of State to finalize language on voter registration certificates.

Both cases have taken long, winding journeys through the courts since the Legislature enacted their underlying laws in 2011.

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