Court: Texas House map intentionally diluted minority votes

Texas lawmakers intentionally diluted votes of minority voters in drawing the state's House districts, a panel of federal judges ruled Thursday.

In a long-awaited ruling, the San Antonio-based judges found that lawmakers in 2011 either violated the U.S. Constitution or the Voting Rights Act by intentionally diluting minority voters in a litany of House districts across Texas. Those districts encompass areas including El Paso, Bexar, Nueces, Harris, Dallas and Bell counties. 

The 2-1 ruling came one month after the same court found intentional discrimination in the drawing of three Texas congressional districts. 

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/20/court-texas-house-map-intentionally-diluted-votes/.

 

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