DoJ: Texas Redistricting Intentionally Reduces Voting Power Of Half Million Hispanic Americans

Ryan J. Reilly of TPM:

There is “ample circumstantial evidence” that the congressional and state representative redistricting maps signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry had not only the effect but the intent of limiting the voting power of Hispanic voters, Justice Department lawyers said in a court filing late Tuesday.

DOJ is seeking the block the maps, filing to deny Texas’ request for summary judgement in a case involving allegations that officials in the state tried to limit the voter power of Hispanic voters in violation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Federal lawyers contended in the newest filing that there is “ample circumstantial evidence of a discriminatory purpose with regard to both the State House and Congressional plans” and that in the new maps nearly half a million fewer Hispanics would live in districts where they would have the ability to elect a candidate of their choosing.

(Bolds mine.)

I wish I could say this is unexpected, but it is instead utterly typical of Texas Republican behavior. For all their pretense to the contrary, they do not like people of color. For all their solicitation of the Hispanic vote, they really don’t want it to have any impact. The redistricting being challenged is in the  finest tradition of Tom DeLay. Eight years after DeLay’s re-re-redistricting, Texas Republicans are still actively trying to cheat… not just happening to get it wrong to their own advantage, but willfully intending to deprive Hispanic Americans of the power of their votes.

I hope this receives wide publicity in the middle of Perry’s presidential run, but one never knows with today’s wholly owned media networks.

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  • jams o donnell  On Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    From Jim Crow to Jaime Crow….

    • Steve  On Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      jams, one might even think Mr. Perry is not fond of democracy… and one would be absolutely right!

      (In my best Leonard Cohen voice: “Democracy is goin’… from the U-S-A…”)

  • MandT  On Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Pissing off Latinos is not a good idea.

    • Steve  On Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      MandT, back when I was officially a Democrat, the Hispanics I knew within the party were among the most active and committed members. That may also be true of Republican Hispanics… I’ll never forget watching the GOP convention on TV the night that Ninfa, of Ninfa’s Restaurant fame (in Houston at least), nominated Poppy Bush for president. But yes, either way, pissing them off is a really bad idea, as I suspect Perry will discover.

  • MandT  On Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I suspect Perry will discover. LOl I doubt that man has yet discovered his bellybutton!

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