Should ineligible voters be counted in district remap? SCOTUS to consider 'one man, one vote'
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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider whether the size of state legislative districts should be based on eligible voters or the overall population.
The constitutional challenge by Texas voters Sue Evenwel and Ed Pfenninger claims their votes are diluted because their districts have more eligible voters than other, more urban districts, violating the principle of one man, one vote. Publications with stories include Reuters, USA Today, the Washington Post, SCOTUSblog, the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press.
The case could shift power from urban to rural districts in states with large immigrant populations that have greater numbers of children and noncitizens, the Washington Post says.
The plaintiffs are represented by the Project on Fair Representation, according to a press release. Reuters and AP say the conservative group opposes racial and ethnic classifications.
The case is Evenwel v. Abbott.