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DOJ sues Texas in voting rights lawsuit, alleging discrimination against Black and Latino voters

  • December 07, 2021

Mass closures of polling places across the South came after Supreme Court decision

Between 2010 and 2020, Gupta said, Texas’ population grew by 4 million people, with Latinos accounting for nearly half of the overall growth, according to the federal complaint. Instead of bolstering minority voting strength based on that population growth, Gupta said Blacks and Latinos will see their influence largely diluted.

Federal authorities specifically seized on the redrawing of districts in San Antonio and El Paso.

Supreme Court in 2013 not eliminated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that required some states and municipalities with a history of discriminatory voting laws to obtain approval or “pre-clearance” from the Justice Department or the federal courts before enacting changes to voting practices.Senate Republicans block John Lewis voting rights bill

Texas responds: Federal action is partisan

A spokesperson for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described the federal action as a partisan attack on the state’s redistricting plan.

Suppression remains 55 years since Voting Rights Act

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