ICYMI Republicans in Texas hired out-of-state delineation officer to trick voters into denying them fair representation
AUSTIN, Texas – As Texas lawmakers work this session to redraw the state’s legislative and congressional maps to reflect a decade of population growth, Texans are cheated of fair representation by disgraced outsider redistribution agent of the state hired by Republicans to manipulate and discriminate against communities of color.
Adam Foltz, a key Republican player in an unscrupulous Wisconsin redistribution scandal, has been paid $ 120,000 by Republican lawmakers in Texas to replicate the same underhanded tactics here in Texas. So shameful was Foltz’s activity that his redistribution maps were rejected in federal court for cutting off Latin American communities outright from the districts of Wisconsin. Meanwhile, its activities have cost Wisconsin taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees – and it is almost certain they will do the same in Texas.
The recent census showed that people of color have made up 95% of Texas’ population growth since 2010, aapproximately 4 million new residents – Texas Latinos accounting for over 50% of this growth. However, in the current GOP-led redistribution process, Texans are increasingly getting majority white districts – true to the Texas GOP’s long history of gerrymandering black and Latino Texans out of their right to representation. Now this backward process is led by a professional redistribution fraudster with constant experience of diluting voices within communities of color.
These blatant attempts by Republicans to deny Texans the freedom to choose their representatives will almost certainly disproportionately affect Latino voters, who have already been the target of restrictive new election laws.
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa made the following statement:
“I’m furious, but not surprised, to learn of this recent attack on the Black and Brown Texans. Republicans know they can’t win fairly, so they now use tactics and agents who specialize in unfair redistribution practices.
“Texas Latino has accounted for an overwhelming majority of our state’s population growth over the past decade. It is shameful and Texans will not tolerate this attempt to stifle the voices of our largest and fastest growing population in Texas. Our Latino voters are a powerful force in this state and this is just another way for Greg Abbott and Republicans in Texas to silence those who don’t watch or vote the way they do.
“Real leaders put people first, not their personal agenda and political gain. Texans deserve better than unethical Republican politicians, and Texas Democrats are doing all they can to send leader Abbott to pack his bags next November. “