High Stakes for Democrats in Redistricting Case


The ability to provide constituent services is significant, according to Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston. But if districts with large communities of children and non-citizens were stretched to include more eligible voters, the overall demographics of those districts would change significantly, she added. That would have a major impact on the politics of the state.

Garcia, who represents Senate District 6 — the district with the lowest proportion of eligible voters — said the demographics of her own district would shift in a way that would reduce the power of minority groups' votes.

“Quite frankly, it would maybe result in it not being my district anymore,” Garcia said. “If you look at Texas and look at who represents the minority populations of Texas, it’s Democrats. This is just another way to dilute our vote and dilute our strength.”

Garcia — who will be traveling to Washington D.C. to watch the oral arguments — said despite the high stakes, she is “cautiously optimistic” the court will rule in Texas’ favor.

“I think this really just is a complete change of philosophy on how we interpret 'one person, one vote,'” Garcia said. 

READ MORE HERE: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/12/06/high-stakes-democrats-latinos-redistricting-case/

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