Texas’ Redistricting Case Tested The Strength Of The Voting Rights Act, And The Law Buckled

Plaintiffs who seek to prove discrimination in the creation of legislative districts now have fewer tools with which to make their case.

By Ashley LopezJune 26, 2018 9:30 am| , , ,

From KUT:

Civil rights attorneys say the Supreme Court’s decision Monday in a Texas redistricting case showed how difficult it is to prove discrimination in voting laws.

The Supreme Court mostly sided with Republican lawmakers in the case, which challenged state House and congressional maps. Plaintiffs had argued lawmakers intentionally discriminated against minorities when they drew up the maps.

In an opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, however, the court said “the 2013 Legislature lacked discriminatory intent.” The court directed lawmakers to redraw only one district – held by a Democrat in Fort Worth.

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