Federal Court Considers Whether Texas’ System For Electing Judges Hurts Latinos

Activists say Latino voters have no say in who sits on Texas’ highest courts.

By Ashley LopezJanuary 16, 2018 9:30 am, , ,

From KUT:

A federal court in San Antonio will hear a case Tuesday challenging the way Texas voters elect judges for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. Voters and civil rights groups challenging the system say it makes it harder for Latinos to be represented.

The case was filed in the summer of 2016. Austin attorney Jose Garza said he had reviewed past elections for those high courts and found that for the last few decades, every candidate who was supported by the Latino community lost.

“Over the last 25 years, the Latino community has had no voice at the table in terms of the very important decisions that come out of those august bodies,” he said.

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