The Justice Department sues Texas over its redistricting proposal.
The Hill reports:
Attorney General Merrick Garland said the department assessed Texas’s new redistricting plans and “determined that they include districts that violate the Voting Rights Act.”
“The department’s career voting law experts have assessed Texas’s new redistricting plans and determined that they include districts that violate the Voting Rights Act,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference announcing the lawsuit.
The new legal challenge comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in October signed into law a new congressional map that independent analysts say gives Republicans an unfair partisan advantage.
“Our complaint today alleges that the redistricting plans approved by the Texas state legislature and signed into law by the governor will deny black and Latino voters an equal opportunity to participate in the voting process and to elect representatives of their choice in violation of the Voting Rights Act,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “Our complaint also alleges that several of those districts were drawn with discriminatory intent.”
Republicans have blasted Merrick for the lawsuit claiming he only goes after red states while giving blue states a free pass for the same allegations.
If @TheJusticeDept cared about gerrymandering, they would sue Illinois.
Merrick Garland's only concern is electing more Democrats.
He should resign in disgrace. pic.twitter.com/p3E131Xry6
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) December 6, 2021