A Federal Appeals Court in D.C. ruled today that GOP maps drawn for Texas House, Texas Senate and Congressional districts fail to protect minority voters and were in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.
The redistricting maps that passed the GOP-dominated Texas Legislature last Session were rejected by the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia because they did not comply with the Voting Rights Act.
“We conclude that Texas has not met its burden to show that the U.S. Congressional and State House Plans will not have a retrogressive effect, and that the U.S. Congressional and State Senate Plans were not enacted with discriminatory purpose,” the judges’ opinion states.
There is a lot to read in the court opinion but the gist of it is:
*None of the maps are entitled to pre-clearance
*The districts show intentional discrimination
*The Republican majority seemed to find every way to dilute the minority vote
In Travis County: Congressional District 25 (Congressman Doggett’s original district) – is a protected district and should not have been destroyed.
So Greg Abbott’s strategy on behalf of Texas Republicans (as opposed to representing all Texans) appears to have backfired: In their attempt to go around the Justice Department, Greg Abbott went straight to the D.C. Court. The original hearing took place earlier this year.
Earlier today Abbott tweeted from the GOP convention in Florida to say that he will immediately appeal the ruling.
Buckle up and stay tuned for more details!