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BREAKING: Justice Department sues Texas over new redistricting map, says the plan discriminates against Latino and Black voters.

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12/6/2021 10:01:00 PM

BREAKING: Justice Department sues Texas over new redistricting map, says the plan discriminates against Latino and Black voters.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Department of Justice sued Texas over new redistricting maps Monday, saying the plans discriminate against voters in the state’s booming Latino and Black populations. The lawsuit, filed in the Western District of Texas , claims the state violates part of the Voting Rights Act.

By ACACIA CORONADODecember 6, 2021 GMTFILE - Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, on Nov. 8, 2021. The Department of Justice has sued Texas over new redistricting maps, saying the plans discriminate against voters in the state's booming Latino and Black populations. The maps passed by Texas' Republican-dominated Legislature favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities that have driven growth in the nation’s largest red state. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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FILE - Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, on Nov. 8, 2021. The Department of Justice has sued Texas over new redistricting maps, saying the plans discriminate against voters in the state's booming Latino and Black populations. The maps passed by Texas' Republican-dominated Legislature favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities that have driven growth in the nation’s largest red state. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Department of Justice sued Texas over new redistricting maps Monday, saying the plans discriminate against voters in the state’s booming Latino and Black populations.The lawsuit, filed in the Western District of Texas, claims the state violates part of the Voting Rights Act. It is the first filing challenging a state’s maps from the Biden Justice Department during this redistricting cycle. Legal experts anticipate a blizzard of litigation as states redraw their legislative lines. headtopics.com

The lawsuit notes that the vast majority of Texas’ population growth over the past decade came from Black, Latino and Asian people, but the new maps that state Republicans drew doesn’t give any of these communities new opportunities to choose their own representatives.

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Instead, the maps pack Black and Latino communities into bizarre-shaped districts — a Dallas-area one is referred to as a “seahorse” shape — while preserving safe seats for white Republicans.“This is not the first time that Texas has acted to minimize the voting rights of its minority citizens,” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said during a press conference announcing the lawsuit. “Decade after decade, courts have found that Texas has enacted redistricting plans that deliberately dilute the voting strength of Latino and Black voters and that violate the Voting Rights Act.”

The lawsuit cites several congressional districts where Republicans drew tortured lines to lower the share of Black and Latino voters in their party’s congressional districts.In west Texas’ competitive 23rd district, the map trimmed out areas near El Paso and San Antonio to lower the share of Latino voting-age residents by 9%. In the Dallas area it pulled Black and Latino residents of the northwest suburbs out of the district of Rep. Beth Van Duyne, who narrowly won her reelection bid against a Democratic Black Latina candidate last year. In the Houston area, where the share of the white population is dwindling, the map kept six of 10 House districts as white-majority or plurality districts.

Texas has had to defend their maps in court after every redistricting process since the Voting Rights Act took effect in 1965, but this will be the first since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling said Texas and other states with a history of racial discrimination no longer need to have the Justice Department scrutinize the maps before they are approved. headtopics.com

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Not a good look for texasgov or GovAbbott , but a good help for Latinos and other minorities that TheJusticeDept is standing up for them. Of course the socialist democrat administrationis suing Texas but in Illinois where the socialist democrats have wipe out every republican district there is no action

Someday when the white become minority, I wander the Dems would still pull race card every time they wanna do something Love it....go get um Rs party has nothing to offer when they have to legally rig election results via gerrymandering, close polling sites and passing laws curtailing where and when people can vote.

Gerrymandering should be unconstitutional. Those in favor of it are saying it’s having an advantage over your opponent. Who is the opponent? Democrats? Republicans? Americans? Both sides do this shit and it needs to stop. Problem is, there is too much money loss if this goes away Why aren't they just squares or rectangles?

If I had a nickel for every time someone screamed Racism...clownworld WeDeserveBetter Of course it does. It's either French or England and their other lands. All others enemies, or enemies without knowing! Oooo fun. Illinois has to be next right? If we want fair and consistent.

Justice Department sues Texas over new redistricting mapsThe Department of Justice sued Texas over new redistricting maps Monday, saying the plans discriminate against voters in the state’s booming Latino and Black populations. The lawsuit, filed in the Western District of Texas , claims the state violates part of the Voting Rights Act. It is the first filing challenging a state’s maps from the Biden Justice Department during this redistricting cycle. Yahoo Only part?

You mean it goes against the Democrats voting districts now guess they won’t be winning Why aren't they suing Illinois? Couldn't happen to a better worse state. 👏👏👏 This administration is a Shit Show!! rleas Finally! Progress! I thought the Supreme Court determined that Republican gerrymandering was legal.

Texas was once a blue state! How on earth it has become a rabid red state is beyond comprehension. If all minorities and moderate whites join hands it can be turned blue again. It deserves to be blue!CNNPolitics Now do Utah. Please. Cool. Now how about Ohio? And everywhere else? Political DOJ, Worst AG in history.

Justice Department Sues Texas Over Gerrymandered Redistricting Plan Texas lawmakers “refused to recognize the state’s growing minority electorate' in drawing the state's new district maps, the DOJ said. Maybe Republicans should try adopting popular policy positions instead of trying to choose their voters. AG Garland hammer of justice slams Texas seams that TheDemocrats are getting desperate.

They need to sue Ohio too! Justice Dept. Is now an enforcer for the needs of the Democrat Party. Republican frauds Must be one big lawsuit, then Another batshit facet of American 'democracy' - politicians and their underlings being allowed to draw up electorates to suit their own ends. Barking mad idea solely for the purposes of ingrained corruption.

Now do Illinois 🔥✔️

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