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Texas Politics: Justice Department files voting rights lawsuit against Galveston County challenging redistribution plan

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Galveston County challenging its Commissioners Court redistribution plan.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday. This comes after Galveston County’s plan was approved on November 12, 2021 following the release of the 2020 census data.

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“This action is the latest demonstration of the Justice Department’s commitment to protecting the voting rights of all Americans, especially during the current election cycle,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Our complaint alleges that Galveston County violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by devising a redistribution plan that dissolved the only county where Black and Hispanic voters had the ability to nominate a candidate of their choice to the county’s governing body.” to choose. We will continue to use all available tools to address electoral discrimination in our country.”

The county’s plan violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, according to the complaint, because it has the discriminatory consequence of denying black and Hispanic citizens equal participation in the political process and because the new map was passed in part in a discriminatory purpose, according to a DOJ release -Offices.

The complaint also alleges that Galveston County has made multiple attempts over the past three decades to reduce or eliminate choices for the county’s Black and Hispanic voters, the department said in a statement.

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The lawsuit could come next in a fight against newly drawn Galveston Co. county lines

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