US court refuses to OK new Texas congressional map

November 8, 2011 23:49

WASHINGTON - A US court on Tuesday refused to approve a plan by Texas to redraw its maps for congressional districts under a 1965 civil rights era law that is meant to protect minorities' voting rights.

Texas received four new congressional seats after the 2010 US census largely because of the rapidly growing Hispanic population there. State officials sued to get approval for its new map which created only one new heavily Hispanic district.

The US Justice Department, which is required to determine whether new maps in some states comply with US civil rights laws, argued the Texas plan "substantially decreases" the ability of minority voters to elect their candidates of choice.

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