Lawsuit filed on behalf of the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force, which includes the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, Mi Familia Vota and other groups, and Texas voters challenging the state’s new redistricting plans drawn with 2020 census data. The complaint alleges that 1) the state’s congressional, legislative and board of education maps based on 2010 census data are unconstitutionally malapportioned in violation of the 14th Amendment and should be blocked from use in future elections and 2) the state’s current plans for new congressional, legislative and board of education maps based on 2020 census data intentionally dilute the voting strength of Latino communities in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The case was consolidated with eight others challenging Texas’ redistricting results, with this case being designated as the lead where future filings can be found. Litigation is ongoing, but the challenged maps will not be changed before the 2022 elections.
Three legislators are fighting deposition subpoenas, arguing that they are protected by legislative privilege. After the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied their request to stay (meaning pause) the case while the legislators litigated this issue, the legislators filed an emergency application in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court has not yet issued a decision.
Case Documents (District court)
Case Documents (5th Circuit)
Case Documents (u.s. supreme court)