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U.S. Geological Survey.  The National Atlas of the United States of America: Congressional Districts, 112th Congress (January 2011 – January 2013), Texas (Reston, VA, 2011).
U.S. Geological Survey. The National Atlas of the United States of America: Congressional Districts, 112th Congress (January 2011 – January 2013), Texas (Reston, VA, 2011).
Based on the 2010 census, Texas gained four electoral votes, necessitating a redrawing of its Congressional districts. This process has been fraught with partisanship and rancor at the state and Federal levels, prompting litigation, and intervention by state and Federal courts. In addition to concerns of apportionment and minority rights, is the underlying issue of a state government’s right to create its own Congressional districts while also being in compliance with Federal mandates to guarantee fairness, as outlined in the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The resulting districts perpetuate 200 years of a gerrymandered political landscape.

 

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