Congressional Districts play an important role in determining the number of seats in the House of Representatives. The lines that make up these important geographic regions are set by a Senate Redistricting Committee in each state, according to ABC News.
Republicans and Democrats have contested the borders of these districts for years, but new charges have arisen due to problems in Texas and Illinois. Both of these cases are set to end in a legal battle in the courts.
Democrats have claimed that the GOP in Texas looks to marginalize minority groups through a reshaping of certain districts, while Republicans countered that they could lose up to six seats due to moves by their opponents in Illinois, reported the news source.
Specific challenges of these redistricting maps have been undertaken by former members of Congress and businessmen with ties to the Republican party in Illinois. They are seeking a redrawn version of the current map, which will may not favor the Democratic party, according to Crains.
These two states are not the only areas with contested district lines, as Missouri, California and Florida may face the same problems, ABC reported.