, Dec 7 () –
The United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Texas on Monday for allegedly discriminating against the Latino and African-American population with its new electoral map.
The US Attorney General, Merrick Garland, has indicated in a press conference that the lawsuit alleges that “Texas has violated the Voting Rights Act” by “creating redistricting plans that deny or unite the rights of Latino and black voters. to vote because of their race, color, or membership in a linguistic minority group. “
According to the US network, the demand made by the Government points to the map of the United States Congress drawn up for the next decade of elections, as well as the plan for the State Chamber.
In this sense, the lawsuit indicates that the “growing minority electorate” is not recognized in Texas, where Congress has expanded to 38 seats with the “design of two new seats to have majorities of Anglo-Saxon voters,” despite the fact that These were obtained by the impulse of the mentioned communities.
Likewise, it is detailed that “obtaining a seat that encompasses the growing Latino electorate in Harris County” has been prevented and “minority communities have been excluded from the nucleus of Dallas-Fort Worth,” while Latino electoral opportunities have been eliminated. in the House of Representatives plan.
In this regard, the United States Deputy Attorney General Vanita Gupta has reiterated that an investigation has determined that the redistricting plans in the state “dilute the increase in the voting force of minorities”, which, on the contrary, ” it should have developed because of demographic changes. “
This is a new lawsuit facing Texas over the electoral maps that were promulgated by Republican Gov. Greg Abbot. In addition, this is the second lawsuit that the Administration of the president, Joe Biden, has presented in relation to voting rights.
Faced with this new lawsuit, the state attorney general, Ken Paxton, has described the action as “absurd” and has said that it is a “last tactic of the Biden Administration to control voters in Texas.”