Senator Ellis Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 28, 2012
Contact: Jeremy Warren, 512-463-0113

Ellis Applauds DC Court's Rejection of Texas Redistricting Maps

Court rules 2-1 that plans violates Voting Rights Act

(Austin, Texas)// Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today applauded the decision to reject preclearance of Texas' controversial 2011 redistricting maps.

"I applaud the DC Court's rejection of preclearance for Texas' redistricting maps. The court has ruled these plans discriminate against minority Texas voters but, most importantly, they upheld the heart of the Voting Rights Act.

"The court clearly validated the importance of preclearance in voting procedures in states under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Everyone may not like it, but Texas and other states have a sad and unfortunate history of discriminating against minority voters, and not just in the bygone past. I am pleased the court continued to stress the need for vigilance on this critically important issue.