The Fair Maps Texas Action Committee filed a legal challenge this week on behalf of a coalition of voting and civil-rights groups and individual voters.
Jerry Vattamala, director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said despite people of color accounting for 95% of the state’s population boom over the last decade, the new maps appear to be drawn to diminish their influence.
“These lines are essentially silencing them,” Vattamala asserted.
“Surgically removing these communities and adding them with white, rural counties to essentially dilute their vote.”
The plaintiffs’ legal team wants a federal court to block the plans from being used and order new maps.