STATE OF TEXAS v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA et al
ORDER denying 41 Plaintiff State of Texas's Motion for Summary Judgment. See attached Order for further details. Signed by Judge Thomas B. Griffith, Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, and Judge Beryl A. Howell on 11/8/2011. (lcrmc1)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
STATE OF TEXAS,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and
ERIC H. HOLDER, in his official
capacity as Attorney General of the
Wendy Davis, et. al.,
Civil Action No. 11-1303
Plaintiff State of Texas seeks summary judgment and a declaration that (1) the State’s
proposed redistricting plans for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Texas House of
Representatives, and the Texas State Senate1 neither have the purpose nor will have the effect of
denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language
minority and otherwise fully comply with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended,
42 U.S.C. § 1973c; and (2) that the State’s redistricting plans for the U.S. House of Representatives,
Texas House of Representatives, and Texas State Senate may be implemented without delay.
The three-judge panel appointed to hear the case received extensive briefing and held
lengthy oral argument on November 2, 2011. If any one of the plans is not precleared by this Court
Without challenge to the State’s redistricting plan for the Texas State Board of
Education, the Court gave preclearance to that plan by Order dated September 22, 2011.
at this stage in the proceedings, the District Court for the Western District of Texas must designate
a substitute interim plan for the 2012 election cycle by the end of November.2 See Perez v. Texas,
No. 11-360, Am. Order [Dkt. # 391] (W. D. Tex. Oct. 4, 2011) (consolidated action). Therefore, the
Court issues its Order promptly and will issue a memorandum opinion hereafter.
Having carefully considered the entire record and the parties’ arguments, the Court
finds and concludes that the State of Texas used an improper standard or methodology to determine
which districts afford minority voters the ability to elect their preferred candidates of choice and that
there are material issues of fact in dispute that prevent this Court from entering declaratory judgment
that the three redistricting plans meet the requirements of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. See
42 U.S.C. 1973c.
Accordingly, it is hereby
ORDERED that the Motion for Summary Judgment [Dkt. # 41] is DENIED.
Date: November 8, 2011
THOMAS B. GRIFFITH
United States Circuit Judge
ROSEMARY M. COLLYER
United States District Judge
BERYL A. HOWELL
United States District Judge
On November 7, 2011, the District Court for the Western District of Texas issued an
order modifying the election schedule in Texas and changing the date pursuant to which
prospective candidates for office may first file an application for a place on the Primary Ballot to
November 28, 2011. See Perez v. Texas, No. 11-360, Am. Order [Dkt. # 489] (W. D. Tex. Nov.
7, 2011) (consolidated action).
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