The Department of Justice sues Texas over reorganization, which it claims violates citizens’ voting rights by specifically targeting minorities. This is the second recent cause against the state from the federal government.
United States Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the cause on Monday, claiming that Texas is in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting measures that discriminate in base on race.
According to DOJ officials, the recent reorganization in Texas has the effect of restriction of voting access to minority communities.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announces that the Department of Justice has sued Texas for reorganization plans discriminating against “Latin and black voters a vote on account of their race, color or membership in a language minority group. ” photo.twitter.com / pD299xCgRf
– The recount (@therecount) December 6, 2021
The reorganization “refused to recognize the state’s growing minority electorate”, according to the department, and not give equal representation a “black and Latin “ voters.
Some districts, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said on Monday announcement, they were “drawn with discriminatory intent “ – something she and Garland say they are confident they can do prove in Court. Gupta specifically indicated which voting maps are drawn in as a way which they deny to the communities with majority-minority populations from the election of their own representatives and a significant impact on congressional races.
The population of Texas grew by four million people from 2010 to 2020, officials argued, with much of this increase coming from “Minority populations”, whose, whose “Voting strength” And “Diluted” from the state reorganization of 2021 plans.
Texas attorney general’S office responded to the lawsuit saying the state officials’ approved reorganization of the districts was “Lawful” and deemed the DOJ’s legal action as “The Biden administration latest ploy to control Texas voters ”.
The Department of The absurd cause of justice against our state is that of the Biden administration latest ploy to control Texas voters. I am confident that our legislature is reorganizing decisions it will be proved legitimate, and this absurd attempt to influence democracy will be fail.
– Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) December 6, 2021
The cause of the DOJ is the latest effort by the current administration to target new voting laws enacted by the state, many of they claim are limiting the vote access. The department had already filed a separate lawsuit against Texas over a bill aimed at reducing fraud, although officials likewise support the measures in the bill unfairly targets minority voters.
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