Supreme Court vacates Texas Voter ID and redistricting rulings

Supporters of the Voting Rights Act learn the justices rulings outside the U.S. Supreme Court building Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Supporters of the Voting Rights Act hear the rulings outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday vacated rulings on cases involving Texas's Voter ID law and redistricting map, citing its ruling Tuesday that struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act.

A D.C. court had suspended the Voter ID law and a GOP-drafted redistricting map by citing the portion of the Voting Rights Act that requires preclearance with the U.S. attorney general or federal judges for electoral changes in certain areas with a history of racial discrimination. After the court struck down a portion of the law on Tuesday, those rulings effectively were rendered moot.

Thursday's action sends the matters back to lower courts for further litigation. Without Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in effect, Texas Republicans said, the Voter ID law should move forward. Democrats and minority groups may still sue to stop it.

As for redistricting, the future is murkier. A three-judge panel in San Antonio drew a temporary map for the 2012 elections after the state GOP's redistricting map was held up in court. Texas's redistricting map was halted in part over questions that it didn't adhere to a different part of the Voting Rights Act that governs majority-minority districts and remains in effect.

The Supreme Court's rulings can be found here.

Correction: This post initially said the Supreme Court vacated its decisions. The court vacated lower-court decisions. It has been updated.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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