The Fight For Texas Voter Rights
Today the U.S. Supreme Court came down with the ruling that Texas lawmakers did not intentionally discriminate in drawing political maps that were ruled by lower courts to have violated the rights of minority voters in the state.
This decision only hurts Texas voters and we must continue advocating for fixing our broken map drawing process.
Justice Samuel Alito said for the court’s conservative majority that the lower court made a mistake by striking down all but one of the districts.
Part of Justice Sotomayor’s dissent:
“The Court today goes out of its way to permit the State of Texas to use maps that the three-judge District Court unanimously found were adopted for the purpose of preserving the racial discrimination that tainted its previous maps.”
From the article below:
"In a 5-4 vote, the high court upheld 10 of 11 congressional and state House districts that the maps’ challengers said intentionally undercut the voting power of Hispanic and black voters, oftentimes to keep white incumbents in office."