The federal trial challenging the legality of new voting maps for Texas is over, but a three-judge panel considering the case has indicated it will wait for the Justice Department to weigh in before issuing a ruling.
Minority groups made a final push Thursday to have new redistricting maps tossed out, arguing in court that the new election lines violate federal law by diminishing Hispanics’ voting strength.
As states redraw congressional districts, the once-a-decade process can also be used to exact political revenge.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson says the new Texas redistricting plan intentionally discriminates against minorities.
Opponents of a new Republican congressional redistricting plan in Texas are hoping to prove in federal court the plan illegally dilutes minority voting strength.
Ruth Baker, known to her south Fort Worth neighbors as “Cookie,” and Ann Cruz Favela, a church youth leader on the north side, wanted change when they cast their votes in the 2008 elections.
The Texas House has given preliminary approval to a new congressional redistricting map over objections from Democrats about minority representation.
Texas Republican lawmakers unveiled their proposed map for new congressional districts on Tuesday, and Gov. Rick Perry placed it on the special legislative session agenda.