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Texas Redistricting: Supreme Court Allowing State To Go Forward With Voting Map

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Former Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee February 9, 2012 at a hotel in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee February 9, 2012 at a hotel in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is allowing Texas to use congressional districts that were drawn by a lower federal court for the November election.

The court declined without comment Wednesday a request from a Latino rights group to block use of those districts. The groups said the districts discriminate against minorities.

The court-drawn map is intended for use only in this year's election.

The League of United Latin American Citizens said the map has the same flaws identified by federal judges in Washington who last month rejected political boundaries drawn by Texas lawmakers as discriminatory.

The interim congressional map was used in Texas' primaries in May and was devised to let the state hold elections while courts considered challenges to redistricting plans adopted by the Legislature following the 2010 census.

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