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Texas Plaintiffs Ask to Meet with Federal Court on Redistricting Claims
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Texas Plaintiffs Ask to Meet with Federal Court on Redistricting Claims

Plaintiffs raise concerns that further delay may affect 2018 election schedule

  

Earlier today, plaintiffs in the pending Texas congressional and state house redistricting case filed a motion with the presiding three-judge federal panel in San Antonio requesting a conference to discuss further action on the case.  The motion was jointly filed by the Quesada plaintiffs (supported by the Lone Star Project), NAACP, League of United Latin American Citizens and others.
 
The motion is straight-forward; it lays out that closing arguments on the claims against the 2011 maps originally adopted by the Texas Legislature were concluded on August 26, 2014, nearly two years ago.  The last action taken by the court simply clarified that it would not take any action that might disrupt the current 2016 elections.
 
Ideally, a conference will be ordered to lay out the timeline for further action on the case.  The motion notes that preparations for the 2018 elections begin in the fall of 2017, implying that action on the case is needed to prevent the possibility of impacting the 2018 election calendar. 
 
In recent weeks, federal courts and judges on three separate occasions have struck down or ordered relief of voter ID laws, confirming that they discriminate against minority citizens in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act: A federal judge in Wisconsin ordered relief for Wisconsin’s discriminatory photo ID law; the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals – widely considered the most conservative federal court in the nation – struck down the Texas voter ID law; and, today, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the North Carolina voter suppression law. 
 

Statement of Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle

“The Texas redistricting case is not really about Democrats or Republicans.  It’s about Texas leaders that drew district boundaries to rob Texas citizens of their basic voting rights. 
 
“Extensive evidence has been provided to the Federal Court in Texas proving that the congressional and state house districts were drawn to intentionally discriminate against African American and Hispanic Texans in violation of the law. 
 
“Federal courts across our country are now stepping up to slap down discriminatory actions by state leaders.  I hope the three-judge panel in Texas will take similar action soon.”
July 29, 2016
Contact: Matt Angle
703-589-5509
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