Justice Department Sues Texas Over New Voting Maps
‘Texas Republicans are Rightfully Being Called Out for Their Extreme, Partisan Gerrymandering,’ Says HCDP Chair
The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Texas on Monday over its Republican-drawn redistricting plan, saying the state discriminated against Black and Latino voters by failing to recognize growth in Texas’ minority population.
In response to news of the Justice Department’s lawsuit, HCDP Chair Odus Evbagharu issued the following statement:
“I applaud the Justice Department’s challenge to the Texas GOP’s attempt to discriminate against voters of color. The new voting maps ignore key changes in our state’s demographics and are designed to mute the power of minority voters.
“Texas Republicans are rightfully being called out for their extreme, partisan gerrymandering. Their moves are designed to hurt civic engagement.
“Texas has a long history of attempts to deny political representation to communities of color. This past legislative session we saw the same, tired-old oppressive tactics being used repeatedly by Texas Republicans, especially against Harris County. We cannot allow the GOP to erase the hard-fought-for gains we have made. Enough is simply enough.
“We are happy about today’s announcement and renew the call for passage of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will restore and strengthen the parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that were gutted in 2013.”
For Immediate Release
Dec. 6, 2021
Contact: Elisa Rochford