From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
December 2, 2005
Contact: Jeremy Warren, (512) 463-0113

Reaction to Department of Justice Memo finding Congressional Redistricting plan flawed

(Austin, Texas)// Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice memo that found the Congressional redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act.

"Today's release of the Department of Justice's internal memorandum which concluded that the Texas congressional redistricting plan is illegal is a stark reminder of the deep politicization and pressure that the Texas Legislature was under to pass a Republican designed congressional plan at the expense of minority voting rights. I continue to be convinced that the Congressional redistricting plan passed by the Texas Legislature is illegal and that the United States Supreme Court will ultimately agree that the plan violated the Voting Rights Act.

"My fellow Democratic Representatives and Senators went to Ardmore and Albuquerque to fight a redistricting map drawn in the back rooms of the Capitol by Tom Delay and the Texas Republican leadership because it denied the right of African American and Hispanic voters to elect representatives of their choice, and our rights are still being denied today.

"The issue here is not about Members of Congress, it's about the right of the people I represent to elect a candidate of their choice to represent them in Congress. The DOJ memo makes it clear that African American and Hispanic voters were denied that right. The Bush White House and Tom DeLay should be ashamed."