DOJ: Texas Redistricting Map Had ‘Discriminatory Purpose’ Against Minorities

Lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) told a federal court in Washington, DC this week that Texas’ controversial redistricting map, passed by the GOP state legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Perry (R) in May, was “adopted with discriminatory purpose” and could hurt the enfranchisement of minorities in the state. Civil rights groups have sued the state arguing that the map intentionally weakens the Latino vote to benefit Republicans, thus violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Texas has attempted to bypass the normal vetting process required by the voting law, but observers say that given the DOJ’s latest actions, the “likelihood is that a summary judgment will be denied.”