Challengers Argue Against Emergency Stay of Maps

No ETA on Supreme Court decision

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011  |  Updated 4:34 PM CDT
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Stay of Redistricting Maps Opposed

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Texas Democrats are asking the Supreme Court to deny Texas' request for an emergency stay of new redistricting maps.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the high court to prevent the use of court-drawn congressional and legislative boundaries. He suggested affected primary elections could be pushed back from March 6 to May.

But in a response filed Thursday, the Texas Democratic Party argues that a stay would lead to a "massive disruption" of the election and would cause "massive voter confusion."

Filing for the elections began Monday using the interim, court-drawn maps. A San Antonio court issued the maps, ordering they be used until ongoing litigation over the original, legislative plans can be resolved.

It was not immediately known when a decision would be made by the Supreme Court.

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