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User Info: Taharqa_

Taharqa_
1 month ago#1
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1452733847402172422

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/10/25/2021-texas-redistricting-explained/

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday approved Texas’ new political maps for the state’s congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts, according to Texas Legislature Online.

The maps were drawn to keep Texas Republicans in power for the next decade. They simultaneously diminish the power of voters of color — despite new census numbers pointing to Texans of color as the main force behind the state’s population growth.

The new districts will be used for the first time in next year's primary and general elections, barring any court interventions.

The redistricting process, which happens every 10 years after new census data is released, is complicated and contentious. Legal battles have already begun, with one early lawsuit raising various claims that the new districts unfairly and illegally discriminate against voters of color. More legal challenges are expected to pop up in the near future.

Texas lawmakers drew political maps that would protect the GOP’s majorities in the Texas Legislature, on the State Board of Education and within the state’s congressional delegation to Washington, D.C. Throughout the process, Texas Republicans — nearly all of whom are white — struggled against demographic tides to protect their grip on power.

In a bid to hold the political turf, Republicans zeroed in on some communities with high shares of potential voters of color — who are more likely to support Democrats — and grafted them onto massive districts dominated by white voters. To protect GOP incumbents, Republicans also made political districts less competitive, which could undermine many potential challengers’ campaigns. Some experts believe this tactic might hurt civic engagement.

Census data shows that Texans of color accounted for 95% of the state’s population growth, but the state’s new political maps don’t reflect this growth. With partisan fervor, Republicans drew new maps for Congress and the Texas Legislature that dilute the power of voters of color. That came despite Democratic efforts — and pleas from members of the public — to create additional opportunities for voters of color to meaningfully influence elections.
Since Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965, Texas has been barred by law from discriminating against voters of color. Yet in every decade since then, federal judges have ruled at least once that the state violated federal protections for voters in redistricting.

People of color made up 95% of Texas’ population growth, and the Hispanic and white populations are nearly equal in size. But white voters will have disproportionate control of elections under the state’s new political maps.

State Sen. Joan Huffman, the Houston Republican who led the redistricting process in the Senate, said in a public meeting that lawmakers had drawn the maps "race blind" and they had "not looked at any racial data" throughout the process. But to the legion of civil rights activists, lawyers, local leaders and organizers who have labored for decades against Texas political structures that exclude their communities, Huffman's words translate as being politically invisible.

“Color blind has two meanings — one that decisions are made without racial bias. These maps have obviously been made with racial bias,” Elisa Gonzalez, a retired educator from Corpus Christi, told lawmakers at one public hearing. “However, this committee is also color blind in terms of being deliberately blind to citizens of color by making maps that silence their impact.”

I'm sick of these a******s. This is how the Texas GOP steals elections, couple this with the voter suppression efforts and you have a serious problem here.
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User Info: ClayGuida

ClayGuida
1 month ago#2
They're racists.
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User Info: Humble_Novice

Humble_Novice
1 month ago#3
As much as they try to gerrymander Texas to the max, it's only a matter of time before it completely stops working as the demographic changes with less white people being counted due to the rise in racial minority growth and interracial marriages.

User Info: Heineken14

Heineken14
1 month ago#4
Nooooo. You don't say!
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User Info: Farris2k1

Farris2k1
1 month ago#5
Humble_Novice posted...
As much as they try to gerrymander Texas to the max, it's only a matter of time before it completely stops working as the demographic changes with less white people being counted due to the rise in racial minority growth and interracial marriages.

User Info: __starsnostars

__starsnostars
1 month ago#6
Why is the state allowed to do its own redistricting when federal judges have been ruling for decades that they are in violation of the voting rights act?
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User Info: Red XlV

Red XlV
1 month ago#7
__starsnostars posted...
Why is the state allowed to do its own redistricting when federal judges have been ruling for decades that they are in violation of the voting rights act?
Because the far-right dominates the Supreme Court.
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User Info: Kradek

Kradek
1 month ago#8
It's aggravating as a blue-voting Texan coming to terms with the fact that your state would actually be rather damn blue were it not for all the anti-voting chicanery the GOP does to stay in power as the minority (ironically) party and you can't just "vote them out" as others say so flippantly because they've put in so many obstacles to actually doing that.

It's even at the point where Ken Paxton bragged about how if he hadn't done what he did then Trump would have lost TX.

State with the most restrictive voting rights still finds new lows to sink to.

There will come a point where the populace will grow to such a degree that opposition to the party will be too great for their anti-democratic measures to save them, but we would have already been there were it not for their bs.
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User Info: CoyoteTheGreat

CoyoteTheGreat
1 month ago#9
Democrats need to take all the money and energy they are wasting on Florida and put it into Texas, a state that is actually winnable.
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