September 8, 2017      5:26 PM
State blames three-judge panel for the inability to redraw current maps before 2018 primaries
“Plaintiffs cannot deny that the need for appellate review can disrupt the election cycle, as it did when this Court’s emergency review was needed to vacate the district court’s first attempt at drawing maps in 2012”
Alleged foot-dragging by the three-judge panel in San
Antonio has delayed new Congressional maps so long that it would make no sense
to upend the 2018 primaries for new maps, the state argues in a brief filed
with the U.S. Supreme Court this week.
The firm drop-dead date for an amended Texas House and Congressional
map is October 1, the state’s lawyers argued in a 25-page response filed Thursday. The better choice
would be an orderly review by the court after then 2018 primaries next March,
rather than putting the governor on a 72-hour deadline to call lawmakers back
for a special session on redistricting.
By Kimberly Reeves