Judiciary sues Texas over new election maps affecting Latin and black representation
The judiciary continued the case on Monday Texas and its new election maps, Confirms that They affect the voting rights of minority voters such as Hispanics and blacks.
It is questionable whether the election maps were approved at the end of October amid protests by Democrat lawmakers who condemned the excessive speed in the process. Republicans, for their part, blamed it on the extraordinary context of the Govt-19 epidemic.
At the request of the Government of Joe Biden, Much of Texas’ population growth came from Latin, black, and Asian minorities; But the new election maps do not offer these communities new opportunities to elect their representatives.
In contrast, the maps place Latin and black communities in districts with a peculiar structure, which is described in the form of a “sea horse” in the Dallas area. When it comes to seats for white Republicans, the government said.
Texas lawmakers have violated the Right to Vote Act, as detailed in the legal document “The growing minority in this state refuses to accept the constituency.” “As the Texas congressional delegation expands from 36 to 38 seats, Texas has designed those two new seats to have a majority of Anglo voters,” the Justice Department added.
“Even Texas Congress deliberately removes Hispanic election opportunity in District 23, In one district in western Texas, courts have identified violations of the suffrage law in two previous cycles of redistribution (election maps), “the legal document said.
“This is not the first time Texas has reduced the voting rights of its minority citizens. Ten years later, Texas has enacted redistribution plans that violate the Right to Vote Act,” he said succinctly.
With the new election maps the Latin people will have to vote miles away
In addition, the judiciary, in redistributing these maps, has accused minority-majority communities of shifting from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area to mostly Anglo-Saxon districts. “Some put them hundreds of miles away, in a congressional district where they have no equal election chances.”
Precisely in Dallas, Latin and black voters living in the northeastern suburbs were expelled from the district of Beth Van Duin, who won re-election last year by a narrow margin against a black Democratic candidate.
The new election maps also hurt Latinos’ chances of getting their preferred candidates for the state legislature. This is stated in the document In the San Antonio area and south of the state. According to the Biden administration, the Hispanic vote in 118 and 31 districts was largely replaced by Anglo votes.
“And inside El Paso and West Texas, The government has completely eliminated the Latin opportunity by reducing the number of districts where Hispanics are the majority of the voting age from six to five, “he added.
Since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, Texas has had to defend its electoral maps in the courts in every redistricting process. But these are new maps that Texas and other states have approved based on a Supreme Court ruling that has a history of racial profiling. They do not have to be subjected to judicial review before being granted permission.
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