Texas Electoral Maps Trashed

The Supreme Court rejected electoral maps in Texas on Friday, claiming they favored minorities and Democrats, and sent them back to federal judges in San Antonio to be redrawn. The maps apparently redrew political boundaries based on the results of a 2010 census that found the state’s population had increased by 4 million since 2000, and that the majority of the new residents are Latinos and African-Americans. The minority groups then complained that Republican lawmakers were denying them voting power and violating the Voting Rights Act, leading the legislature to draw up a new map. For now, the fate of Texas’s April primary is unclear.