Bloomberg Law
Nov. 21, 2022, 2:39 PM

Justices Won’t Review ‘Purcell Principle’ In Elections Cases

Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson
Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson

The US Supreme Court won’t test the contours of a judge-made doctrine that allows states to temporarily use voting maps that have been struck down by state or federal judges.

The justices Monday refused to review the case involving a redrawn Texas legislative district that plaintiffs say intentionally diluted minority voting power.

Named after a 2006 Supreme Court ruling, the Purcell principle says courts generally shouldn’t change voting laws close to an election. A district court relied on it in part to deny a request to prohibit using a redistricting plan drawn in 2021 by the Republican-led Legislature involving a ...