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Some of Texas’ 36 congressional districts violate either the U.S. Constitution or the federal Voting Rights Act, a panel of federal judges ruled Friday.

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UPDATE: The Grand Prairie school district has released a statement about the settlement. It said that the board "is confident the single-member district system will continue to produce" quality candidates and board members.

"The current Administration's emphasis on high-level achievement for all students will continue, resulting in outstanding educational programs and opportunities," the statement read. "The Board is hopeful the new system will encourage even more participation in the election process."

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A federal court has determined that the Irving school district denies Hispanic residents an equal opportunity to vote and elect candidates of their choice.

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Fifty years ago this summer, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. But that didn’t come without a price. It was the era of the Freedom Summer, a bloody campaign to get blacks registered to vote in Mississippi. 

In the war over the right to vote in the U.S., the Justice Department's choice of Texas as the battleground for its first legal action following the Supreme Court's weakening of the Voting Rights Act has a feeling of inevitability.

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The U.S. Attorney General took aim at the Lone Star State yesterday, and his Texas counterpart reacted. Eric Holder and Greg Abbott strongly disagree over the Voting Rights Act.

          

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Next time you go to the polls to vote in Texas, you might need to bring ID. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that makes it possible for the state to move forward with controversial laws, like voter ID and redistricting.

By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.

The decision focuses on Section 4 of the Act.

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Texans will be watching closely Wednesday morning when an Alabama voting rights case is argued before the U.S. Supreme Court because the decision could affect voting laws and elections in Texas.

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The Irving Independent School District has again been sued. The suit argues a new election map and the new voting scheme still deny Hispanics a fair chance to get on the school board.

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Federal election monitors are on the ground in Dallas and Harris counties as early voting begins for the 2012 presidential election.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has petitioned to throw out part of the Voting Rights Act, saying it’s unconstitutional. It follows the Justice Department’s move earlier this week to block the state’s Voter ID law. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports one professor isn’t sure The AG’s argument is persuasive enough.

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The U.S. Supreme Court may be considering instructions that would delay Texas primary elections again. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports Justices asked about a delay yesterday when they heard arguments over Texas’ election maps.

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Legal teams from Texas are gathered at the US Supreme Court today for arguments over which redistricting map should be used for this year’s elections. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports the impact on minority voters is at issue.