HOUSTON – Texas Democrats are in San Antonio continuing the battle over discriminatory redistricting maps drawn in 2011 by the Republican supermajority in the legislature. The contentious partisan fight over these gerrymandered maps has gone on for the past 3 years.
Testimony on the state House map has ended and closing arguments are set for July 29th. In addition, the court will hold a status conference regarding the hearing on the congressional maps.
Vice Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, Fredericka Phillips, released the following statement:
“Unfortunately instead of embracing the rich cultural dynamic of our growing minority population, Texas Republicans have instead tried to silence our voices. For years we have fought against the many barriers that were specifically designed to keep minorities from voting. These maps are yet another blatant attempt to minimize minority voting strength.
“While Republicans may chip away at basic human rights in the legislature, judges must uphold equality and justice for all in the courtroom. We will have our day and our community will continue to fight this injustice and change things on election day at the polls.
“This November, we have the power to make a change in Texas. By electing leaders who value our voice and understand that a diverse community is a strong community, we can help build a better future for the state we love. Texas’ future is shaped by those who vote and every Texan deserves to have their vote count.”