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bentheplayer
March 11th, 2017, 12:47 PM
Texas lawmakers drew up three U.S. congressional districts to undermine the influence of Hispanic voters, a divided panel of three federal judges ruled, in the latest development in a years-long battle over gerrymandering.

In the decision announced late on Friday, U.S. District Judges Xavier Rodriguez and Orlando Garcia in San Antonio found that the districts' shapes diluted minority voters' power, either by splitting communities into different districts or concentrating minorities in a single area to limit their sway.

"When done to minimize Hispanic electoral opportunity, it bears the mark of intentional discrimination," wrote Rodriguez and Garcia, who were appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush and former Democratic President Bill Clinton, respectively.

The third judge on the panel, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith, dissented.

It was not clear whether Texas would appeal the ruling. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton did not immediately comment on Saturday.

The three districts found unlawful are currently represented by two Republicans and one Democrat.

Legal battles over Texas redistricting have raged since 2003, when the Republican-controlled legislature took the unusual step of throwing out the 2001 maps and redrew the districts. Typically, redistricting occurs once every 10 years after the U.S. census.

In the decision, the majority wrote that in redrawing the southwestern 23rd Congressional district, for example, map makers moved 600,000 voters between districts and fractured a heavily Latino county in a deliberate effort to lessen Hispanic voter turnout.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-election-idUSKBN16I0M4

Devinsoccer
March 19th, 2017, 01:04 AM
How in any way is this unlawful? The president has the right tonappoint judges, they keep the position. Where is the statistics of this? Where is the mention of it being discriminatory? Who does the redrawing? What's wrong with the redrawing? Do they want less electoral votes? Would it really make a difference?

These are all questions to have in consideration.

bentheplayer
March 19th, 2017, 03:13 AM
How in any way is this unlawful? The president has the right tonappoint judges, they keep the position. Where is the statistics of this? Where is the mention of it being discriminatory? Who does the redrawing? What's wrong with the redrawing? Do they want less electoral votes? Would it really make a difference?

These are all questions to have in consideration.

What are you even saying? Can you read the full article before commenting mindlessly? Where does it talk about judges appointment or judges keeping tgeir position? This is about unlawful gerrymandering by republicans who violated the equal protection clause of your constitution.