The U.S. Supreme Court will take up an appeal that could give rural voters more clout, agreeing to decide a long-simmering question about the rules governing state efforts to equalize the size of their voting districts.
The justices will hear an appeal from two voters who say Texas unconstitutionally allocated its state Senate seats on the basis of total population, rather than on the number of eligible voters.
The distinction matters because cities and suburbs often have higher percentages of children and non-citizens than rural areas. A ruling backing the two Texas voters might shift legislative seats away from areas with large Hispanic populations.
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The issue is an offshoot of the court’s landmark 1964 Reynolds v. Sims ruling, which established the “one person, one vote” principle and required state and local voting districts to have roughly equal population.
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