Voting rights advocates sue Texas again over GOP-drawn maps
Moments after Republican Governor Greg Abbot signed off on the Texas Legislature’s newly-drawn congressional districts, voting rights advocates filed a lawsuit against the electoral maps in a federal court. Voto Latino and other advocacy groups are partnering with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, among others, to argue that the maps have been drawn not merely to advantage the Republican party, but to dilute the voting power of communities of color within the state. Texas was the only state to gain two additional congressional seats following the 2020 census, after its population increased by approximately 4 million. Opponents of the new congressional districts point out that roughly half of that four million-person increase included Latino residents, yet none of the new districts contains a population in which eligible Hispanic voters make up a majority.
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