This is a big deal. A Federal Court in Texas just ruled that the Lone Star state violated the U.S. Constitution by intentionally diluting minority votes.
The case in question was originally filed in 2011 and charged that the congressional redistricting that happened after the 2010 census in Texas had been intentionally designed to dilute and diminish the votes of minorities.
The long-awaited ruling dropped Friday night. And guess what?
Tonight, in a 2-1 decision the US District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled that, indeed, the boundaries of certain districts in the Lone Star State do violate both the Voting Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.
“If this stands at the Supreme Court,” Rick Hasen writes at ElectionLawBlog, “it could lead to the creation of more Texas minority opportunity districts.”
You can read the entire ruling here: