Here we go again.
The Justice Department on Monday sued Texas over its redistricting plans that ‘deny the rights of Latino and Black voters on account of their race.’
US Attorney General Merrick Garland said the maps violate the Voting Rights Act.
“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 presser.
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“This is not the first time that Texas has acted to minimize the voting rights of its minority citizens,” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta added during the presser. “Decade after decade, courts have found that Texas has enacted redistricting plans that deliberately dilute the voting strength of Latino and Black voters and that violate the Voting Rights Act.”
JUST IN: DOJ sues Texas, alleging it violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act “by creating redistricting plans that deny or abridge the rights of Latino and Black voters to vote on account of their race, color or membership in a language minority group,” AG Garland says. pic.twitter.com/5fpHzwfr4s
— ABC News (@ABC) December 6, 2021
This is the third time Joe Biden’s DOJ has sued Texas.
Merrick Garland announced a lawsuit against Texas in September in response to a voting law that bans 24-hour drive-thru polling locations and increased ID requirements.