Court again finds voter bias over IDs, maps in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — A Republican-drawn map setting the boundaries of Texas’ statehouse districts violates the U.S. Constitution by intentionally discriminating against minority voters, a federal court found Thursday — the third such ruling against the state’s voting laws in roughly amonth.
The latest ruling means Texas’ voter ID law, congressional maps and state legislative maps — all of which were enacted in 2011 — have recently been found in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.
For Texas, the losses carry the risk of a court punishing the state by demanding approval before changing voting laws. Minority rights groups and Democrats could press a three-judge panel in San Antonio over that possibility later this month, when they’re also expected to demand new maps in the 2018 elections.