Rick Perry Accused Of Distorting Congressional Map To Stop Latinos From Winning Seats
It will be claimed at a trial today that Rick Perry and Republican congressional lawmakers conspired to prevent Latinos from getting elected in Texas.
Texas gained four seats in Congress after adding almost 4.3 million new residents since 2000, according to the 2010 U.S. census. Hispanics, who have historically voted more often for Democrats, accounted for about 65 percent of the increase. Republicans hold 23 of Texas’s current 32 congressional seats.
State lawmakers “employed gerrymandering techniques such as packing and cracking of minority communities” to limit the odds that Latinos would win the new seats, according to criticism summarized in a ruling last week by the three-judge panel that will hear the nonjury trial in San Antonio…
If the new map is approved, “the legislature’s blatant racial gerrymandering will effectively prevent minority voters from having any meaningful impact on congressional elections for the next 10 years,” lawyers representing Austin and Travis County said in court papers.Click here for reuse options!
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