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U.S. Supreme Court Turns Down Irving's One Person-One Vote Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it will not hear a voting case out of Irving. Eleven residents sued after six single-member districts were created. They argue that in District 1 -- an overwhelmingly Latino area -- half of the residents are undocumented and cannot vote.

The lawsuit contends that giving the smaller group of eligible voters in that district a bigger political impact than voters in other districts violates the one person-one vote protection under the 14th Amendment. The group says the city should draw districts on the basis of eligible voters, not population.

Bob Heath, the city's attorney, says all city, county and state election districts drawn after the 2000 Census were drawn on the basis of population. 

Former KERA reporter BJ Austin spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Along the way, she covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.