LAWRENCE HURLEY- Reuters
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to decide whether urban, often Hispanic voters get too much voting power because of the way state legislative districts are drawn in a Texas case that could end up giving more clout to rural Republican voters.
The court will hear a challenge, backed by a conservative group, that contends that the manner in which Texas determines legislative districts - based not on the number of eligible voters but rather on total population - violates the U.S. Constitution's principle of "one person, one vote."
If the court embraces the argument, it could affect the drawing of legislative districts not just in Texas but in other states such as Arizona and California with large, non-citizen immigrant communities that include many Hispanics.
The challengers say the redistricting map signed into law in 2013 did not equally distribute voters, inflating the voting power of urban areas at the expense of other parts of the state. Some of the urban districts include large populations of non-citizens, mainly Hispanics, who are not eligible to vote.