Supreme Court Tosses Texas Voter ID, Redistricting Rulings

WASHINGTON (June 27, 2013)—The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday threw out lower court rulings that blocked a Texas voter identification law and the state's political redistricting plans as discriminatory.

The court's action Thursday was a predictable result of its major ruling two days earlier that effectively ended the federal government's strict supervision of elections in Texas and other states with a history of discrimination in voting.

The justices ordered lower courts to reconsider in light of Tuesday's ruling.

In both the voter ID and redistricting cases, Texas was blocked from putting the laws into effect under the advance-approval requirement of the Voting Rights Act, but the court ruled earlier this week that part of the law can no longer be applied unless Congress develops a new formula for determining which states and localities should be covered.

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