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Texas AG Asks Court for Redistricting Preclearance

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The Texas Legislature subdivided Travis County into five congressional districts. The federal review process began today, as Attorney General Greg Abbott asked a federal court in Washington, DC to preclear the state's redistricting plan.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked a federal court today for preclearance for the redistricting plans passed by the state legislature last month.

The request to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia included documents to demonstrate that the redistricting plans were in line with the Voting Rights Act. 

Texas is one of several states that has to put its redistricting plans before either the Justice Department or a three-judge panel of the D.C. federal court for preclearance. Political observers were speculating before the end of the special legislative session last month that the courts would probably adjust some of the boundary lines before they are set in stone for next year's elections.

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Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.