Texas Democrats are asking the Supreme Court to stop Republicans from using a new congressional redistricting map in 2004 elections.
A three-judge federal panel in Austin on Tuesday approved the redrawn boundaries. Opponents have up to 60 days to appeal. They want the high court to freeze the panel's approval and require previous congressional districts to hold for this year's election.
Time is limited. The filing period for candidates in the new districts starts Sunday and ends January 16th.
The state legislature in October approved new congressional lines after months of partisan bickering and two out-of-state walkouts by Democrats. Republican leaders pushed for new districts due to recent GOP election gains.
Texas has 16 Democrats and 16 Republicans in the House. The new map is expected to increase its Republican makeup.