Republicans in the Texas Parliament proposed a new parliamentary map on Monday. This will maintain the party’s dominance in the state’s delegation to Washington amid a surge in population growth stimulated by the color community.
The new map was designed to protect the incumbent and the current edge of the Republican Party. The party currently holds 23 of the state’s 36 seats. The party seems to be boosting incumbents facing an increasingly fierce battle with the Ascendant Democratic Party of Texas, rather than trying to make significant profits.
In fact, the proposed map shows that only one state parliamentary district had a 2020 presidential election margin of less than 5 percentage points, and the majority of the state’s 38 districts are not particularly competitive. I am.
Texas was the only state in the country to be awarded two new parliamentary districts during this year’s reallocation following the 2020 census. The state’s Hispanic population has grown by 2 million over the past decade and is now only 0.4 percentage points behind the Anglo population.
However, the map proposed by the Republican-controlled state legislature re-election committee, led by Senator Joan Huffman, reduced the number of predominantly Hispanic districts in the state from eight to seven, and the number of white districts in the majority. 22 to 23.
The map proposed on Monday was the first draft and could undergo some changes, but civil rights groups warned that there would be no new district where the majority of voters are voters. ..
“Latin Americans have accounted for nearly half of Texas’ population growth over the last decade, and could protect existing Latino-dominated areas and increase the number of such areas. I’m looking forward to a legally compliant repartition map, “says Thomas Saens. President and legal counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense Education Fund.
Texas has a long history of violating constituency change parameters set by the Voting Rights Act and has faced legal challenges against all maps presented since the law was passed in 1965. bottom. But in 2013, the Supreme Court revoked an important clause. The act of forcing some states to obtain approval from the Justice Department before making changes to the voting law or parliamentary district.
This year is the first time Texas legislatures have been free to redraw a map of the state legislature without complying with that requirement.
Nationwide, each party is ready to push its benefits to create as many lucrative and state legislature seats as possible in the states where its members control the way it maps.
On Friday, the National Constituency Change Action Fund, a democratic organization run by former Attorney General Eric H. Holder, over a map of the state legislature drawn by the Republican Party, which claims to have violated the 2015 state constitutional amendment. Sued Ohio.
In Nebraska this month, the Democratic Party protested a map proposed by the Republican Party, splitting Douglas County, including Omaha, the state’s largest city, into two parliamentary districts. The Democrats were eventually forced to compromise, maintaining the district where President Biden won the majority of votes. On Friday, Nebraska State Senators agreed to pass a map of Congress that preserves Douglas County as a single district.
The fast-growing state of Oregon is one of the few states where the Democratic Party could boost its constituency change advantage. The state has added a sixth parliamentary district to its delegation, which now has four Democrats and one Republican. However, the new map set to pass on Monday will probably create a Democratic district and add Democratic dominance in the state.