The U.S. Supreme Court today granted Texas' request for a stay of the interim redistricting plans imposed by a federal district court for the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives and U.S. House of Representatives.
The Supreme Court's decision means that, for now, elections will not take place using the district court's interim redistricting plans pending a more thorough review by the High Court.
The district court's interim redistricting plans wholly disregard the will of the Texas Legislature despite the fact that no court has found that the maps drawn by the Legislature violate any law, the state argued in seeking the stay.
Attorney General Abbott said: "The Texas Attorney General's Office is committed to protecting the integrity of Texas' elections by ensuring they are conducted based on legally constructed redistricting maps, and the Supreme Court's decision today is an important step in that direction. We look forward to presenting oral argument to the Supreme Court on January 9, 2012. We understand the need for speed for Texas voters as well as those who wish to run for office,and will work to resolve this matter as quickly as possible."