Texas Seeks Clearance for Political Maps

Texas bypassed the Obama administration's Department of Justice on Tuesday, opting to ask a panel of federal judges in Washington, D.C., to review the state's new maps for congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts.

Attorney General Greg Abbott asked the federal courts to review the new political maps for compliance with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Here's a link to his filing.

"The state's redistricting plans have neither the purpose nor will they have the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership ...

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