Texas population boom should help Democrats, but GOP still draws limits on voting
For years, Democrats in Texas have bet on the state’s dramatic increase in the non-white population as the key to making the state blue.
However, a predominantly white Republican majority here still holds the redistribution pen when demarcating voting limits. And that means it’s more than likely that the GOP will benefit from the growth that has given the state two more seats in Congress.
Still, Texas Democrats are hoping that the increase in the number of non-white voters could make statewide elections more competitive, according to Arelis Hernandez, Washington Post reporter, based in San Antonio.
“I think it gives them hope, especially with statewide races,” Hernandez said. “This means they will have more potential voters to vote for the candidates statewide.”
Voters aren’t limited to a district when electing someone to a statewide office, so redesigned boundaries won’t dictate who can vote, for example, in the governor’s race.
But the electoral power of non-white voters could be diluted by redistribution.
“The flip side is they don’t hold the pen to redraw these maps. And when we talk about seats in Congress, it certainly leaves Democrats in the same place they were, which is at a disadvantage, ”Hernandez said.
The redefinition of voter boundaries takes place every 10 years, after the Census Bureau released population counts that determine the number of Congressional sheets each state can complete. State legislatures are redrawing borders.
As a subject, redistribution generally does not interest voters.
“Redistribution is not a compelling topic for many voters,” Hernandez said. “And it’s complicated. And when it starts to become, when you start to face these legal challenges, it gets even more complicated and it’s hard for people to keep up with what’s going on. So it would take a lot of education for the public to participate in this process. “