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Minority Groups Call April 3 Primary Unrealistic

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AUSTIN (AP) – Minority groups that claim Texas’ new political maps are unfair have asked a three-judge panel to take their time drafting new maps.

Monday’s court filing contradicts Republican leaders, who have urged the court to create new congressional and legislative maps by January 30.

That’s the deadline to hold primary elections on April 3. Two separate federal court cases have already pushed the vote back from March 6.

At issue is how the maps treat minorities. Republican leaders say the maps merely benefit Republicans, but minority groups claim they discriminate against them.

The federal court in San Antonio drafted interim maps, but the U.S. Supreme Court found them flawed and said they must start again.

Republican groups want to court to act quickly to have elections on April 3.

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