Attorney General Merrick Garland said the new maps violated the Voting Rights Act by intentionally discriminating against minorities. He didn’t have anything to say about the heavily gerrymandered state maps approved by Illinois Democrats, proposed by Maryland Democrats or threatened by New York’s liberal governor. (RELATED: The Legislative Battles That Could Decide Control of Congress)
As The Hill reports:
DOJ officials said that while the number of Latino and Black voters in Texas grew significantly over the last decade, the state’s new map dilutes minority voting strength in violation of federal law.
“The department’s career voting law experts have assessed Texas’s new redistricting plans and determined that they include districts that violate the Voting Rights Act,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference announcing the lawsuit.
“Our complaint today alleges that the redistricting plans approved by the Texas state legislature and signed into law by the governor will deny black and Latino voters an equal opportunity to participate in the voting process and to elect representatives of their choice in violation of the Voting Rights Act,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “Our complaint also alleges that several of those districts were drawn with discriminatory intent.”
In response to the suit, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s press secretary told reporters that, “It’s no surprise that Democrats in Washington are attacking our state’s redistricting plans. We are confident that Texas’ redistricting plans will be upheld by the courts.”
Reaction from other conservatives on Twitter was swift and unequivocal:
Tell us what you think of Merrick Garland’s decision in the comments below!