The Biden administration on Monday sued the state of Texas for the second time over its election procedures, accusing Republican lawmakers of discriminating against Latinos and other minorities by approving a redistribution of state counties in congressional and state elections. The federal government claims that the redistribution violates the voting rights of minorities.

The lawsuit is the first challenge for the federal Department of Justice to redistribute into counties, with U.S. states making a once-a-decade process in which they redraw the boundaries of their constituencies.

In the last decade, the Texas population has grown more than any other state in the U.S. and it has gained two more seats in the House of Representatives. Black, Asian, and other minorities make up about 95 percent of the population growth, according to the 2020 census. Of the state population, a decrease of 5%, and their number is more or less equal to the number of Latin Texas citizens.

The new maps do not give the growing minority population new opportunities to elect their representatives, the Justice Department said, and instead deliberately dilute the voting power of minorities in several ways, including by dividing these communities between several districts. The lawsuit alleges that Texas “refused to recognize the state’s growing minority electorate” and thereby violated section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

“This is not the first time Texas has acted to curtail the voting rights of its minority citizens,” said Vanita Gupta, a U.S. Attorney General’s assistant in declaring the lawsuit. Of Latin and black voters and that violates the Voting Rights Act. “

“Absurd claim”

Texas lawmakers said the map, in their opinion, properly reflects minority residents and complies with the Voting Rights Act.

“The Department of Justice’s absurd lawsuit against our state is the Biden administration’s latest ploy to control voters in Texas,” Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote on Twitter. “I am confident that the redistribution decisions of our legislators will prove to be legitimate, and this ridiculous attempt to skew democracy will fail.”

Texas’ plans have also been challenged in court by activist groups who say lawmakers have ignored a legal obligation to create new counties that have many minorities and represented the growing diversity in the state, especially around the fast-growing cities of Dallas and Houston.

The Justice Department’s action on Monday comes about a month after it sued the state over parts of a new and separate voting law that ministry officials said would infringe on the rights of eligible voters, including people who do not speak English well, seniors, people with disabilities, U.S. military soldiers and Americans living Outside the US.

Across the U.S., the county redistribution process is being closely scrutinized, with most analysts saying Republicans enjoy an advantage in most states. In the midterm elections of 2022.

Hasty procedure with minimal possibility of resistance

Voter organizations are also testing whether the procedure will give minority groups additional influence, with census results showing non-white residents have driven state growth over the past decade, while the white population in Texas has shrunk.

In Texas, Assistant Attorney General Gupta said, lawmakers set up the plan after a hasty procedure that gave the public only a minimal opportunity to respond or oppose it. The lawsuit from Monday asks the tribunal to prevent Texas from holding elections as part of the county redistribution plans and wants to force the state to make another division.

The Biden administration said it would challenge changes in election procedures in Republican-backed states across the U.S. In June, the Justice Department sued the state of Georgia, arguing that its new voting laws were intended to restrict the right to vote for black voters, among others.

The Justice Department’s ability to enforce voting rights is limited by a 2013 Supreme Court decision that brought to an end an authority that the federal Department of Justice had approved changes to state voting laws before they went into effect, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Monday. He urged Congress to renew the authority of the Ministry of Justice to approve in advance changes to the voting laws, saying that “it was the best tool in the hands of the Ministry for the Protection of Voting Rights.”

In a 2013 Supreme Court ruling, Court Roberts wrote that the situations of injustice that pre-approval authority from the 1965 Voting Rights Act came to address had largely disappeared, citing 2004 data that showed a higher percentage of black Mississippi residents were registered to vote in elections than their white residents. While the Voting Rights Act was “extremely successful in addressing racial discrimination and the integration of the voting process,” Roberts wrote, he did so by undermining “the fairness, dignity, and sovereignty that still remain in the hands of states.”

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