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DOJ sues Texas over new electoral maps affecting Latino and black representation | Univision Politics News

The Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit on Monday Texas and its new electoral maps, Do you guarantee it They harm the voting rights of minority voters such as Hispanics and blacks.

In question are the electoral maps approved at the end of October amid protests by Democratic lawmakers who denounced the excessive speed of the process. For their part, Republicans blamed the extraordinary context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Joe Biden’s government demand, The vast majority of Texas’ population growth came from Hispanic, black, and Asian minorities. But the new electoral maps do not provide these communities with new opportunities to elect their representatives.

Instead, the maps place Latino and black communities in areas of peculiar layout, such as those in the Dallas area described as “seahorse.” The government claimed that this was while securing seats for white Republicans.

Texas lawmakers, in the detailed legal document, violated the Voting Rights Act “They refuse to acknowledge the increasing number of the minority in this country.” The Justice Department added that “while the Texas congressional delegation increased from 36 to 38 seats, Texas designed these two new seats to have a majority of Anglo voters.”

Texas too intentionally eliminating a Hispanic electoral opportunity in 23rd congressional district, An area in West Texas where courts have identified violations of the Voting Rights Act in the two previous rounds of redistribution (for electoral maps),” the legal document said.

“This is not the first time that Texas has acted to reduce the voting rights of its minority citizens. Decade after decade, Texans enacted redistribution plans that violate the Voting Rights Act,” the memo read.

Additionally, the Department of Justice claimed that in the redistribution of these maps, minority-dominated communities were moved from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to the Anglo-Saxon counties largely. “More than hundreds of miles away, putting them in a constituency where they lack a level playing field.”

In the Dallas area specifically, Latino and black voters who live in the northeastern suburbs have been driven out of the district of Representative Beth Van Doyen, who won re-election last year by a narrow margin against the black Democratic candidate.

The lawsuit added that the new electoral maps also hurt the chances of Latinos getting their preferred candidates in the state legislature. This, as stated in the document, is so San Antonio and Southern District. According to the Biden administration, in Districts 118 and 31, Hispanic voices have been replaced by a predominantly Anglo vote.

and in El Paso and West Texas, The state eliminated the entire Latino opportunity by reducing the number of districts in which Latinos constitute a majority of the voting age population to five from six.”

Texas has had to defend its electoral maps in the courts on every redistribution since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. But these are the new maps to be approved since a Supreme Court ruling said Texas and other states with a history of racial profiling You do not have to undergo a Department of Justice scrutiny before giving them the green light.

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