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They sue Texas for “diluting” the Latino vote in the new electoral maps

The lawsuit on behalf of Latino voters was filed in the Western District of Texas.

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THE ANGELS – The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas on Monday for adopting new electoral redistribution maps that They “dilute” the strength of Latino voters.

The lawsuit filed in court for the Western District of Texas asks the federal court to discard the new electoral maps on the grounds that they are unconstitutional and violate section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“Texas has an exceptionally dismal record in its constant disregard for the growth of the Latino population during half a century of redistricting”said in a statement Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF.

In this sense Nina perales, Vice President of Litigation for MALDEFnoted that although a federal court recently found the state of Texas liable for intentional racial discrimination in redistricting, “Texas has once again adopted plans that dilute the strength of the Latino vote.”

The lawsuit alleges that the new maps for the Congress, the Texas House of Representatives, the State Senate and the State Board of Education do not reflect the growth of the Latino community.

The population of Texas it has been growing in the last decade, allowing the state to win two seats in the federal Congress.

Between 2010 and 2020, Latinos accounted for half of the population growth, but despite this increase, according to demand, legislators were unable to increase the current number of districts to provide opportunity for these communities.

For example, a second congressional Latino opportunity district could have been created in Houston, but it was not, the plaintiffs warn.

The complaint also alleges that the recently adopted redistricting plan for the State House of Representatives manipulates the district population to weaken the strength of the Latino vote.

“The new redistricting plans are an illegal attempt to thwart the change of the Texas electorate and should be overturned”Perales insisted.

MALDEF He is representing five Latino voters and a coalition of Latino voting organizations known as the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force in the lawsuit.

The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, and the undersecretary of state, Jose A. Esparza, were named in the lawsuit.

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