Texas Redistricting Challenge (MALC – Federal Court)
Mexican American Legislative Caucus v. Texas
Lawsuit filed by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives (MALC) in federal court challenging the state’s new congressional, state House and state board of education maps drawn with 2020 census data for diluting the voting strength of Latino and minority voters. MALC challenges the new maps under the 14th and 15th Amendments, as well as Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, by alleging that each map was drawn to intentionally discriminate against Texas voters of color and used race as a predominant factor in map drawing, with the resulting maps giving white voters more voting power and Latino voters less opportunities to elect their candidates of choice. The lawsuit asks the court to block the use of each map in future elections and order the creation of new maps that strengthen Latino voting power in line with the population’s growth in the state. The case was consolidated with six others challenging Texas’ redistricting results; the lead case where future filings can be found is League of United Latin American Citizens v. Abbott.