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Evenwel v. Abbott

Case Information

Date Filed: April 21, 2014
State: Texas
Issue: Redistricting
Courts that Heard this Case: US District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division (Case A-14-CV-335-LY-CH-MHS); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 14-940)


Whether PLANS172, the official Texas districting plan, violates the one-person, one-vote principle of the Equal Protection Clause by not apportioning districts to equalize both total population and voter population.


District Court Opinion filed on 11/05/14. Probable jurisdiction noted by Supreme Court 5/26/15. Appellants' brief filed 7/31/15. Appellees' brief filed 9/18/15. Appellants' Reply Brief filed 10/19/15. Opinion filed 4/4/16.


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Info & Analysis

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On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, a divided three-judge court in the Middle District of North Carolina found a Congressional redistricting plan to be an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. The case is Common Cause v. Rucho.

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