“The Big Lie” is causing extreme harm. Elected officials in red states that either flipped blue or got too close to doing so, are creating new restrictions that favor Republicans. One of the tactics they use consistently is to gerrymander to the Republicans’ advantage and since people of color most often vote Democrat, they are excluded from being fairly represented.
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) October 25, 2021
Marc Elias, an attorney who has dedicated his career to fighting for voting rights, is representing voters and voting rights organizations in Texas. He filed a complaint on their behalf. The complaint pushes back on Gov. Greg Abbot, a Republican governor who still supports Trump and his Big Lie, to redraw the congressional map. In doing so, he made obvious choices based on the predominant race of the voters in a number of districts.
In a short summary of the case on the Democracy Docket’s website, it says:
‘Lawsuit filed on behalf of Voto Latino and Texas voters challenging the state’s newly-enacted congressional map, Senate Bill 6, following the release of 2020 census data. The complaint alleges that the new districts violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting strength of communities of color, particularly Latinx and Black communities. The suit asks the court to block the map and order the creation of a new map that adequately represents the state’s minority populations and allows Latinx and Black voters to elect candidates of their choice.’
Elias writes in the complaint that the recent population growth of new Texas voters is comprised of 95 percent of people of color. Disenfranchisement of black and brown people is a violation of the Constitution and highlights the growing appeasement of racist ideologies.
Twitter was delighted to hear that Elias in on the case and an outpouring of support for his efforts as commenters thanked him. Read some of their comments below: