Randy Parraz concludes: “These voters are being treated as if they are not even citizens of the United States”
A three-judge federal court threw out the Texas legislative districts drawn by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature, holding that they discriminated against Latinos and blacks and violated the Voting Rights Act.
The United States Supreme Court will gear up for a rare Monday afternoon session that has Latinos square in the middle of a Texas redistricting showdown.
The new redistricting plan federal judges announced last week for the Texas state House of Representatives creates three additional districts where Latinos will have a good chance to elect a candidate of their choice.
In a court filing from last week, the DOJ stated that there is “ample circumstantial evidence” that the new Perry-approved Texas congressional map was crafted with a “discriminatory purpose” toward minorities.
Supervisors, split on the issue, approve a redistricting map that leaves lines largely unchanged, protecting incumbents. But the move sets the stage for a costly legal battle.
On Tuesday, September 27, when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors votes to redraw county lines, we will show California and the nation whether we have learned from past mistakes or are determined to repeat them. At issue is whether the Supervisors will make voting-age Latinos the majority in two of the county's five districts, not just one.
Redrawing district lines in L.A. County to form a district that would include a majority of voting-age Latino citizens has legal and political implications.
Given the current challenges facing the nation, including our fiscal crisis, now is the most opportune time for President Obama to fulfill his commitment to the advancement of the Latino community.
Hispanics fight for more representation based on booming population.
The first batch of political maps by California’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission has left Latino civil rights advocates reeling with frustration and anger.
Colorado's growing Hispanic population might influence how new state legislative districts are drawn this year, but whether that leads to districts dominated by Latinos is an open question.
Republican lawmakers unveiled their own proposed map of state legislative districts, hoping to win support from minority groups unhappy with the plans of the ruling Democrats and build the case for a legal challenge.
A new set of legislative boundaries Democrats drew up for the Illinois House and Senate advanced at the Statehouse Tuesday even though a top Latino advocacy group asserted that the plan broke federal election law. By a 6-5 party-line vote, a House panel moved the maps to the House floor after a lengthy hearing that included opposition from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.