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Federal judges find Texas gerrymandered electoral maps along racial lines – Chicago Tribune

Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities, who former President Barack Obama set out to protect at the ballot box before leaving office. The ruling late Friday by a three-judge panel in San Antonio gave Democrats hope of new, more favorably drawn maps that could turn over more seats in Congress in 2018.

Key Takeaways:

  • Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities
  • The judges in their 2-1 decision didn’t propose an immediate fix, and Texas could appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Texas was forced ahead of the November election to weaken its voter ID law after a federal appeals court found that the requirements particularly hampered minorities and the poor.

“Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities, who former President Barack Obama set out to protect at the ballot box before leaving office.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-texas-gerrymandering-20170311-story.html