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Sat Mar 11, 2017, 12:33 PM

Texas Republicans drew congressional districts on racial lines, judges find

LBN thread: Federal panel rules some of Texas' congressional districts illegal


Source: Associated Press

Texas Republicans drew congressional districts on racial lines, judges find

Associated Press in Austin
Saturday 11 March 2017 15.36 GMT

Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities.

The ruling late Friday by a three-judge panel in San Antonio gave Democrats hope of new, more favorably drawn maps that could turn over more seats in Congress in 2018. But the judges in their 2-1 decision didn’t propose an immediate fix, and Texas could appeal to the US supreme court.

Republicans hold two of three congressional districts ruled newly invalid and were found to have been partly drawn with discriminatory intent. The GOP-controlled Texas legislature approved the maps in 2011, the same year then governor Rick Perry signed a voter ID law that ranks among the toughest in the US. Courts have since weakened that law, too.

Judges noted the “strong racial tension and heated debate about Latinos, Spanish-speaking people, undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities” that served as the backdrop in the legislature to Texas adopting the maps and the voter ID law.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/11/texas-election-gerrymandering-congress-minorities

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Gothmog Mar 2017 #1

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Sat Mar 11, 2017, 12:56 PM

1. This is just the ruling on congressional districts

The court had 600+ pages just on the US congressional districts. The court has yet to rule on challenges to the state districts.

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