US Justice Department Sues Texas Over Alleged Bias in Congressional Redistricting

© AP Photo / LM OteroA woman walks in the heavily Latino section of Oak Cliff in Dallas, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. Texas this week will begin redrawing congressional lines, and Latino advocates and officeholders say it's time to correct past wrongs.
A woman walks in the heavily Latino section of Oak Cliff in Dallas, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. Texas this week will begin redrawing congressional lines, and Latino advocates and officeholders say it's time to correct past wrongs. - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.12.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US federal government is suing the state of Texas and their Secretary of State John Scott over alleged violations of voting rights laws that weaken the voting strength of Latinos, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Monday.
"The complaint we filed today alleges that Texas has violated Section 2 [of the Voting Rights Act] by creating redistricting plans that deny or abridge the rights of Latino and Black voters to vote on account of their race, color, or membership in a language minority group," Garland said in remarks about the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that Texas designed two new congressional districts to have white majorities despite the state’s growing Latino electorate, which is set to soon become the largest population group in Texas, according to court filings. The state legislature also eliminated a Latino electoral opportunity in West Texas and excised minority communities in Dallas-Fort Worth to rural, white counties, the court filings added.
The state allegedly "diluted the voting strength of minority Texans" and refuses to comply with the Voting Rights Act, absent intervention of the Attorney General or federal courts, the lawsuit said. The complaint specifies violations of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting laws that deny the right to vote on account or race, color or other minority status.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton later issued a statement regarding the lawsuit.
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