Texas, one of the most notorious voting rights abuse states got smacked down by a federal court panel that invalidated three districts in an order issued late Friday. The Austin American Statesman reported:
“the San Antonio-based panel did not mandate or discuss any remedies to correct the problems.
But the long-awaited ruling has the potential to create more districts with larger populations of Latino voters, “and probably more Democratic districts, which would be good for Democrats in Texas, and also nationally,” said Michael Li, redistricting counsel at the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law.”
- District 35 — held by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin — was improperly drawn with race as the predominant factor to minimize the number of Democratic districts and to attempt to unseat Doggett by boosting the Hispanic population, making it more likely that voters would choose a Latino candidate.
• District 27 — held by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi — which includes the Coastal Bend along the Gulf of Mexico and stretches north to include southern Bastrop County.
• District 23 — held by U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes — a huge area along the Mexican border that extends from the El Paso area to the San Antonio area.