Politics

Texas Redistricting Plan Ruled as Racially Discriminatory by Federal Court

| by Michael Allen

Citing the Voting Rights Act, a federal court, on Tuesday, found that the Texas Legislature was guilty of discriminating against hispanics and blacks in its redistricting plans, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The court ruled that Texas' new election districts undercut the voting power of the growing Latino population and “removed the economic guts” of the urban districts held by black Democrats.

The Texas population grew by 4.3 million from 1992 to 2012, with 89% being made up of Latinos, blacks and Asians. However, the court found that minorities were not likely to win one more seat in Congress under the redistricting plan made by the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature.

Matt Angle, director of the Lone Star Project, said the ruling was “a damning indictment of Gov. Rick Perry and other Texas Republican leaders who, in a cynical attempt to hold on to power, engaged in intentional discrimination against Texas Latino and African American voters.”

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However, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, says he will appeal the judgement: “Today’s decision extends the Voting Rights Act beyond the limits intended by Congress and beyond the boundaries imposed by the Constitution. We will immediately take steps to appeal this flawed decision to the U.S. Supreme Court."