U.S. justices question Texas 'one person, one vote' challenge

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 08, 2015 12:24 PM

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared skeptical toward a conservative challenge to the method Texas uses to draw state legislative districts in a case that could diminish the clout of Hispanic voters and boost the power of rural, often Republican voters.

During oral arguments in the case, a clear majority of the nine justices did not indicate how exactly the court will rule.

The plaintiffs, Texans Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger, contend that the current process for counting voters - based not on the number of eligible voters but rather on total population - violates the long-established legal principle of "one person, one vote" endorsed by the Supreme Court in the 1960s.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)