The Justice Department is suing Texas for redistribution, which it says violates citizens’ right to vote by specifically targeting minorities. This is the second recent federal government prosecution against the state.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the lawsuit on Monday, alleging that Texas is in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits race-discriminatory voting measures.
According to officials from the Department of Justice, the recent redistribution in Texas has the effect of restricting access to the ballot to minority communities.
Attorney General Merrick Garland Announces Justice Department Suits Texas Over Discriminatory Redistribution Plans Against “Latino and Black Voters Who Vote Because of Race, Color or Language Group Membership minority ”. pic.twitter.com/pD299xCgRf
– The recount (@therecount) December 6, 2021
Redistribution “Refused to recognize the state’s growing minority electorate”, according to the department, and does not give equal representation to “black and latino” voters.
Some districts, Deputy Attorney General Vanita Gupta said in Monday’s announcement, were “Drawn with discriminatory intent” – something she and Garland say they’re sure they can prove in court. Gupta specifically pointed out that the voting cards were designed in such a way that they prevent majority minority communities from electing their own representatives and have a significant impact on congressional races.
Texas’ population grew by four million people from 2010 to 2020, officials argued, with much of the increase coming from “Minority populations”, of which “Voting force” is “diluted” by the state’s 2021 redistribution plans.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office responded to the lawsuit by saying the redistribution approved by state officials was “legitimate” and considered the DOJ’s legal action to be “The Biden administration’s latest ploy to control voters in Texas.”
The Department of Justice’s absurd lawsuit against our state is the Biden administration’s latest ploy to control voters in Texas. I am convinced that the redistribution decisions of our legislature will be proven legal, and this absurd attempt to influence democracy will fail.
– Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) December 6, 2021
The DOJ lawsuit is the current administration’s latest effort to target new election laws enacted by the state, many of which they say restrict access to the ballot. The department has even previously filed a separate lawsuit against Texas over a voting bill aimed at reducing fraud, although officials similarly argue that the bill’s measures unfairly target minority voters. .