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A demonstrator at the Women's March on Oct. 2, 2021, which protested the new abortion law in Texas. Photo: Yana Paskova via Getty Images

Texas asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to swiftly restore the state's controversial abortion ban.

Why it matters: A federal judge granted the Biden administration's request to block the new law this week, calling it "flagrantly unconstitutional." Texas is appealing the ruling and wants the appeals court to allow enforcement of the ban while litigation is ongoing.

What they're saying: "There is no precedent for the district court's injunction; it grossly and irreparably interferes with Texas state-court operations," the state wrote in its filing.

  • "It also places state courts and their employees under imminent threat of contempt based on the actions of third parties that they cannot control."

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Ohio Supreme Court strikes down GOP-drawn congressional map

This Ohio congressional district map was invalidated by the state supreme court. Photo courtesy of state legislature

The Ohio Supreme Court has once again struck down a Republican-drawn legislative map for gerrymandering, this time for congressional districts.

Why it matters: Friday's decision invalidates a congressional map approved by Republican lawmakers last November.

Absentee drop boxes can't be used in Wisconsin, judge rules

Volunteers assist a voter at an early voting ballot drop-off location in Milwaukee, Wis. April 2, 2020. Photo: Thomas Werner/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A judge in Wisconsin ruled on Thursday that absentee ballot drop boxes cannot be used in the state.

State of play: Absentee ballots can be returned via mail or in person, but under state law, drop boxes are not allowed, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren said.

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