The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday filed a lawsuit against Texas for allegedly discriminating against Latin American and African American populations with its new voting card.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland pointed out in a press conference that the lawsuit alleges that “Texas violated the voting rights law” by creating “redistribution plans that deny the rights of Latinos and black voters, or unite racial and skin color.” or belonging to a linguistic minority group. “
According to the US network, the government’s request refers to the US Congress map drawn up for the next election decade, as well as the plan for the State Chamber.
In that vein, the lawsuit suggests that the “growing minority electorate” is not recognized in Texas, where Congress was expanded to 38 seats with the “design of two new seats for the majority of Anglo-Saxon voters”, despite the impetus to expand them of the municipalities mentioned.
It also detailed that “obtaining a seat that encompassed Harris County’s growing Latino electorate” was prevented and “minority communities were excluded from the core of Dallas-Fort Worth,” while eliminating Latino electoral plans.
In this regard, United States Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta reiterated that an investigation has found that the state’s redistribution plans “dilute the rise in minority voting rights,” which, on the contrary, “should be worked out because” of demographic change . “
This is a new lawsuit against Texas over the voting cards promulgated by Republican Governor Greg Abbot. In addition, this is the second lawsuit filed by President Joe Biden’s administration regarding voting rights.
In light of this new lawsuit, Attorney General Ken Paxton described the action as “absurd” and said it was a “final tactic by the Biden administration to control voters in Texas.”