In two brief rulings issued late Tuesday, the court's newly conservative majority sided with Justice Samuel Alito, who had ordered a preliminary pause on these dual rulings last week.
Texas likely won't be forced to redraw electoral districts a court found were intentionally created to weaken the influence of minority voters before the 2018 midterm elections.
The four liberal justices on the court - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan - noted that they would have denied Texas' request. But Paxton went quickly to the Supreme Court, saying it would be a waste of time if the Supreme Court ultimately agreed with Texas that the districts did not have to be redrawn. The court action follows a temporary stay granted by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. on August 28. Even so, in asking for postponements, state officials told the Supreme Court that the trial court's actions amounted to binding orders to move ahead on drawing new replacements for the districts where it had found intentional bias against Latino or black voters.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday evening stayed federal court decisions requiring the redrawing of some congressional and state electoral districts in Texas because of racial gerrymandering. The high court also blocked a ruling from the lower court that invalidated nine Texas House districts also because GOP lawmakers had drawn them to "ensure Anglo control".
"However, we look forward to voters in Texas and the court below being vindicated when the Supreme Court hears all the facts in this case and realizes that Texas sought to purposefully minimize the political power of voters of color", she added. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had argued a different outcome would've put "the electoral process in disarray" since districts must be decided by October 1. Without his vote, the court would have produced a 4-4 vote, and be forced to let the Texas rulings stand.