Today, the three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. unanimously rejected the State’s motion for summary judgment under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This is good news for all of us fighting to undo the injustice of the GOP map. And the D.C. Court then went further, writing: “. . . the Court finds and concludes that the State of Texas used an improper standard or methodology to determine which districts afford minority voters the ability to elect their preferred candidates of choice . . .”
It is noteworthy that two of the federal judges who signed the order were appointed by President George W. Bush. This order provides broad discretion to the San Antonio Court in drawing the remedial plan, and does not limit it to using the State map. The matter is not finally resolved. I expect the San Antonio Court will release its opinion before Thanksgiving. We need to keep working every day. Today, I am in San Antonio. I started by meeting with truck drivers and met with members of the Mexican American Bar Association at lunch, and will visit with two neighborhood associations tonight.
Today’s order is a repudiation of the crooked lines dividing neighborhoods from San Antonio to Austin which my challenger, Joaquin Castro, secretly collaborated with Republicans in drawing.