He’s pulling your leg.
Paxton is right that the Legislature replaced the 2011 voting map in 2013. He’s not quite right when he says there are “no lines to redraw,” because some of the problem districts have the same lines in both maps.
If the court orders new lines, time is short to get that done. Filing for next year’s March party primaries is set to start in November.
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But the biggest thing about Friday’s ruling was what the federal judicial panel’s 2-1 majority said about legislative intent in drawing the 2011 lines.
The Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, freeing Texas and several other states with a history of racial discrimination from being required to get federal approval for all changes to voting laws or procedures.
The redistricting case panel’s finding of intent to discriminate means the court could force Texas back into a required preclearance process.