Alito Temporarily Blocks Decision Voiding Texas Voting Districts

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr.

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito temporarily blocked a lower court’s decision that two Texas congressional voting districts were the product of racial discrimination and needed to be drawn.

Acting on a request from Texas, Alito issued an administrative stay Monday that will last at least until Sept. 5, the deadline he set for the groups challenging the districts to file a response. The parties had been scheduled to appear before a lower court on that date to discuss the drawing of a new map. Alito gave no explanation for the order, which comes as Texas officials cope with record flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

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