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League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry
United States Supreme Court
548 U.S. 399 (2006)
Most Latinos in Texas's District 23 did not support the incumbent Republican state representative. In contrast, the Republican incumbent garnered the support of a majority of pre-2003 District 23 Anglos. Prior to the 2003 redistricting scheme, District 23 featured a 57.5 percent Latino citizen voting-age majority. Redistricting in 2003 involved dividing Webb County between Districts 23 and 28. Latinos comprised 94 percent of Webb County's population. Upon redistricting, the Latino citizen voting-age proportion in District 23 fell to 46 percent. Texas drew up District 25 in response to the loss of District 23's former Latino majority. Latinos comprised 55 percent of District 25's population. However, a substantial geographical distance divided the regions hosting significant concentrations of Latinos. The district court ruled that this redistricting did not dilute minority votes. The Court heard this appeal from the district court's ruling.
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Holding and Reasoning (Kennedy, J.)
Concurrence/Dissent (Scalia, J.)
Concurrence/Dissent (Roberts, C.J.)
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