Court again finds voter bias over IDs, maps in Texas

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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.

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