12/13/2011 10:52 am ET

Supreme Court Decision On Texas Redistricting Could Negatively Affect Latinos, Advocates Fear

Voting rights advocates say they are worried that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday to block Texas election maps could be a setback for Latinos -- and other under-represented voters -- across the country.

Texas led the nation in the number of congressional seats gained -- four -- because of a huge population increase in the last decade. Latino leaders had hoped that the pivotal role of Hispanics in that growth would translate into at least three more Texas congressional districts where minorities would be the majority.

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