The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday to decide whether Texas redistricted its congressional and state House maps to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters.
The case — Abbott v. Perez — has been argued at the state level since 2011, when voting maps were redrawn and voter rights groups accused the Republican-controlled legislature of gerrymandering the districts to include fewer non-white voters.
Those maps were never implemented due to the legal accusations of gerrymandering, the Texas Tribune reported. And in 2012, a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio ordered the state to draw up temporary maps for that year’s election. The state did and, in 2013, made them permanent.