A lawsuit alleging that a Dallas redistricting map, drawn up by the city council, discriminates against Latinos by diluting their voting strength has divided Hispanic leaders over the potential political impact.
In America’s biggest Red State, where Republicans likely will celebrate major victories in November, Democrats and Latinos are holding out hope for a sign of a brighter future in what is likely the strangest congressional district in the country.
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.
Arguments will be heard in federal court this week over the legality of the Texas voter ID law, which critics say is really about voter suppression
Texas redistricting brings to the forefront changing demographics that represent Latino faces and voices who are no longer willing “to be seen and not heard.”
Minority rights groups and the state announced a deal on the state Senate map for the 2012 elections, though challenges to the Texas House and congressional maps are unresolved.
Last-ditch negotiations to save the April 3 Texas primary appeared dead Tuesday, throwing the state’s messy redistricting battle back to a federal court that must now sort through a widely panned partial deal and pick a new primary date.
Agreed Monday to temporary voting maps that add new Hispanic-dominated districts and could save the April 3 date for primary elections statewide.
The Supreme Court on Friday threw out electoral maps drawn by federal judges in Texas that favored minorities.
A panel of three federal judges in Washington is holding a two-week hearing to determine whether Texas lawmakers violated the federal Voting Rights Act when they redrew maps of the state’s legislative and congressional voting districts this year.