Judges Set Date for Redistricting Trial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/3/03

Judges Set Date for Redistricting Trial

On Monday a three-judge federal panel set December 11th for the start of a trial challenging GOP backed congressional redistricting. The judges, who convened in Marshall, have ordered the case moved to Austin.

The panel also ordered the parties involved to draw up temporary plans by Friday to guide counties on how to proceed with elections until the case is resolved.

Texas lawmakers in early October finally agreed on new congressional lines after months of political battles. GOP Governor Rick Perry signed the measure into law. Democrats and others then sued to block the updated redistricting plan.

Last spring, lawmakers moved the Texas primary date up one week so it would coincide with Super Tuesday. But when redistricting dragged on, the legislators were forced to move the Texas primary back to its original March ninth date.

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