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The temporary interim court ordered maps have been proposed as permanent maps in the Texas Legislature in Special Session.  The interim Congressional and House maps still contain many of the same elements from the enacted maps that were found to be in violation of the Voting Rights Act in Federal Court.  

What needs to be improved in the Congressional Map:

Houston: An Additional Minority Opportunity Congressional District

  • The population of Harris County grew from 3,400,590 in 2000 to 4,092,459 in 2010.  From 2000 to 2010, the Latino population in Harris County grew by 691,881.  Latinos constituted 79.75% of the total population growth in Harris County. 
  • Maps were proposed by Senator Gallegos, Representative Alvarado, Representative Dukes and many other advocates that included an additional minority opportunity district in Harris County that were not addressed in the interim map.

Dallas-Fort Worth: An Additional Minority Opportunity District

  • A third  minority opportunity district, which will elect the Latino candidate of choice is needed. There are over 1.2 million Latinos living in Tarrant and Dallas Counties.  A new Latino district can be drawn without harming the two African American districts as demonstrated by maps proposed by Representatives Yvonne Davis and Rafael Anchia.

Austin: Restore Travis County

  • An Austin-based congressional district in Travis County should be included within any new map without diminishing any of the existing Latino opportunity district in South Texas. The federal court in Washington DC cited the excessive splitting of Austin as a violation of the Voting Rights Act.

Corpus Christi: End Dilution of Latino Voters

  • In Corpus Christi, the interim map strands over 200,000 Latinos in an Anglo Republican-controlled district.  Corpus Christi should be returned to a Latino opportunity district.

San Antonio/West Texas:

  • The Latino voting strength in District 23 in San Antonio/West Texas is improperly diminished.  The Latino voting strength in CD23 should be fully restored and/or enhanced.