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Could a Supreme Court decision striking down Alabama’s congressional maps, also happen in Texas?

 Susan Walsh/AP
The Supreme Court recently ruled on redistricting in Alabama
Susan Walsh
The Supreme Court recently ruled on redistricting in Alabama

Thursday’s 5-4 decision could signal support for future challenges based on a provision of the federal Voting Rights Act.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a bit of a surprise 5-4 decision Thursday related to voting and district maps that could have implications for Texas.

The High Court struck down Alabama’s attempt to redraw its maps in such a way that it would limit Black voter representation to just one district, despite a quarter of the state’s population being Black. Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kavanaugh joined the three liberal Justices in the majority.

In the audio above, we discuss the decision with South Texas College of Law Houston professor of law Charles “Rocky” Rhodes. He walks through the majority’s decision and the opinion of the four conservative Justices who voted in dissent.

He also notes there are challenges already to maps drawn in Texas by groups representing, Black, Hispanic, and Asian voters. According to Rhodes, all three claim the way the Lone Star state’s maps are drawn is a form of racial gerrymandering, designed to similarly dilute minority voting blocs’ representation.