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Sunday December 11, 2011

Supreme Court’s Decision on Texas Redistricting Garners Negative Reaction, Bad for Latino Voters

Supreme Court’s Decision on Texas Redistricting Garners Negative Reaction, Bad for Latino Voters

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The League of United Latin American Citizens, (LULAC) voiced its extreme disappointment over the decision by the United States Supreme Court to grant the State of Texas’ Motion to Stay.  The decision will not end the fight and LULAC will continue to litigate to ensure the full protection of the Voting Rights Act for Latinos.  The case will return to the Federal District Court to redraw the maps again and LULAC will ensure that Latinos voting districts are protected.

Citing violations of the Voting Rights Act, LULAC is pursuing litigation in New Mexico and Georgia and soon in Alabama maintaining that the political maps drawn by GOP lawmakers do not reflect the growth in the states’ Hispanic and black populations. Currently, Texas has received four additional Congressional seats as a result of the 2010 Census which indicated that the Texas population grew by almost four million and Hispanics comprise 65 percent of that growth.

On November 17, 2011, a federal court panel consisting of three judges in San Antonio issued redistricting maps that sided with LULAC, MALC, NAACP and the Latino Taskforce, represented by MALDEF, and other individual plaintiffs in drawing new maps for both the Texas House of Representatives, and Texas U.S. Congress.

With regard to the Texas Senate, LULAC was the only plaintiff representing Texas Senator Wendy Davis from Senate District 10 where the legislature removed 250,000 Latino voters from the district, setting the stage for the candidate’s absolute defeat. LULAC successfully persuaded the court to restore the 250,000 Latino voters to District 10.

In the Texas House of Representatives, LULAC joined with MALC, in its fight regarding the redistricting of the Texas House of Representatives. With these efforts, LULAC, MALC and the Latino Taskforce (MALDEF) were successful in convincing the Federal Court to redraw six new Texas House of Representative Districts.

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating nearly 900 LULAC councils nationwide.