The Supreme Court on Thursday narrowed somewhat its plan to review the work of the independent Arizona agency that drew new election districts for the state legislature after the latest census. In a new order, the Court said it would not be ruling on a complaint that the agency wrongly created districts to give Hispanic voters more political power.
On Tuesday, the Court accepted an appeal in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, without limiting the questions at issue. Thursday’s order drops off the third question that the challenging voters had raised.
Question 3 in the appeal had asked the Court to rule that it is unconstitutional to draw new redistricting maps with the aim of creating districts in which Hispanics would have greater electoral influence. The claim was that nearly 71,000 voters had been placed in larger population