Thursday, April 18, 2019

Texas Redistricting Discriminates Against Latinos, Federal Judges Rule

Texas statewide redistricting plans were overturned Tuesday by federal district court judges in Washington D.C., providing credence to the charge that the plans discriminates against Latino voters. The state was seeking preclearance under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This section requires lawmakers to get approval from the federal government before enacting laws based on the state’s […]

Supreme Court Decision to Weigh In on Texas Redistricting Battle Will Impact Latino Voters

The Supreme Court’s decision late last week to halt the recently announced Texas election maps proposed by a three-judge panel in San Antonio is raising concerns over the impact it could have on the rights of Latino voters in the state. The action is the most recent in the redistricting battle in Texas that started […]

Texas Redistricting Maps Boost Latino Seats

The three-judge panel in Washington released its interim map proposals for the state house and senate today. The maps can be found here. The senate map is Plan S163.  The house map is Plan H298 (Judge Smith also has a dissenting state house proposal, which is H299). The parties have been asked to submit any […]

Texas Argues for Court to Approve Controversial New Election Map

The state of Texas and the U.S. Justice Department presented arguments to a federal court on Wednesday regarding the state’s controversial proposed election maps which could potentially lower the chances of Latinos to choose candidates of their choice in several districts. The three-judge panel’s decision will have tremendous impact: Texas stands to win four new […]

Lawsuit in Texas Claims Latinos undercounted in 2010 U.S. Census

A lawsuit filed in Texas on Tuesday by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus alleges that Latinos were undercounted in the 2010 U.S. Census and says the state should not use the data in redrawing congressional districts. “MALC has always been committed to a redistricting process that is fair and representative,” state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, […]