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SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM) – Late Friday, the three-judge federal court in San Antonio presiding over the Texas congressional and State House redistricting case denied a motion by plaintiffs to block use of the current interim plans until the Court has ruled on the merits of still pending voting rights claims.
“The 2016 elections will proceed as scheduled, without interruption or delay,” the court ruling stated. “It would be extremely difficult to implement new interim plans without tremendous interruption to the 2016 election schedule.”
The court’s ruling does not impact the major voting rights violation claims made by plaintiffs that are still pending before the court.
Evidence has been provided demonstrating that the plans adopted by the Legislature in 2011 discriminate against Hispanic and African American Texans and were drawn with discriminatory intent.
The court confirmed that is: “working diligently and has made substantial progress toward resolution of the claims on the 2011 plans.”
“The ruling is disappointing but not surprising,” says Matt Angle, Director of Lone Star Project. “The Court hasn’t finished its work on the case and is simply not willing to consider changes in the maps until they issue a decision on the pending claims.”
“The stubborn insistence by Texas Republican leaders to spend millions in taxpayer funds to defend overt discrimination against Hispanic and Latino Texans is the main cause of any delay and confusion. There is certainly no fiscal conservatism in their zeal to deny basic voting right to Texas citizens.”
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