Tuesday, May 26, The Supreme Court has agreed to determine if state legislative districts can be divided by an equal number of registered voters instead of the overall population. Voters in Texas made the case that Texas votes do not count as much as the voters whose Senate districts count large numbers of illegal immigrants.
The U.S. Constitution is supposed to protect the one-person, one-voter principle, what is not clear is if districts are appointed based on the number of residents or the number of voters. In Texas, Arizona and California, the number of illegal immigrants changes between each district, due to the population to voter ratio means voters in one district will have less impact than voters in another district .
A Texas federal district court ruled that the Legislature’s use of total population would not be able to be appealed. Judge Clarence Thomas, since 2001, has made the comment that the issue needs to be reviewed.
According to the statement, one-person, one-vote principle, gives voters the right to an equal vote, if the district does not protect that right, the judgement cannot stand. The petitioners received support from several libertarian and conservative. This is a large number of people for a case that has not been granted by the Supreme Court.
Texas claimed that the justices have not required legislative districts to be derived by the number of voters over total population is allowed under the Equal Protection Clause.
By Jeanette Smith
USA Today: Supreme Court Will Consider Redefining “one-person, one-vote” principle
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