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Federal Court Rules 3 Texas Congressional Districts Drawn Illegally

HeadlineMar 13, 2017

In Texas, a federal court panel ruled Friday that the state’s Republican-led Legislature illegally drew three congressional districts to suppress the voting power of minorities. The 2-1 ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found the state’s illegal gerrymandering packed minorities into some districts and split them in others, diluting the voting power of Latinos and other nonwhite citizens. The districts were drawn in 2011, the same year then-Governor Rick Perry signed a voter ID law that was later struck down by federal courts because it discriminated against people of color.

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