Justice Department Says Texas Redistricting Map Violates Voting Rights Act

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 8:45am

United States Justice Department lawyers say two Texas redistricting maps violate the federal Voting Rights Act and unfairly dilute minority voting strength.

The issue now will go to trial in front of a three judge panel and their decision could cause the redistricting map to be redrawn. The Justice Department says the new districts drawn by the Texas Legislature, for seats in the Texas House and the U.S. Congress, deny minorities the ability to elect candidates of their choice as required by law.

A trial date on the issue could be announced on Wednesday and the JOD says that two other new redistricting maps for the state Senate and the State Board of Education are legal and can be implemented.

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