The Supreme Court put on hold two lower-court rulings on Tuesday that required Texas to redraw "racially discriminatory" congressional and state legislative districts.
A stay in Abbott v. Perez determined two Texas congressional districts were racially discriminatory and therefore must be redrawn was presented to Justice Samuel Alito and was been granted late Tuesday evening.
The order, passed by a 5-4 vote, reveals a divided court. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan would have denied the application.
The ruling likely indicates the districts that had been found discriminatory by lower courts will not be redrawn in the 2018 election, according to the Associated Press.
A three-judge panel in San Antonio, Texas, ruled in August that areas of Texas' legislative maps must be redrawn prior to the 2018 elections.