It seems a redistricting plan signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) intentionally discriminated against Hispanic voters. So said a three-judge panel today in a unanimous decision. The judges found that seats belonging to white incumbent members of Congress were protected under the plan while districts belonging to incumbent minorities were targeted for changes.
The court said it was
“…persuaded by the totality of the evidence that the plan was enacted with discriminatory intent.
“…sufficient evidence to conclude that the Congressional Plan was motivated, at least in part, by discriminatory intent.”
It is clear that Texas Republicans want to suppress minority representation in order to keep a rising Hispanic population from turning this red state into a blue one in the near future.
- Court throws out Texas redistricting plans (legalinsurrection.com)
- Court nixes Texas redistricting maps (kxan.com)
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- Texas to test 1965 voting rights law in court (news.yahoo.com)
- DOJ, Texas Fight at Trial Over Voter ID Law (legaltimes.typepad.com)
- Texas Wants to Say Adios to the Voting Rights Act’s Authority (colorlines.com)