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Justice Department VRA Sec. 3 lawsuit against Texas

Justice Department VRA Sec. 3 lawsuit against Texas

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Justice Department VRA Sec. 3 lawsuit against Texas. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday, July 25, 2013, that his department would be filing the lawsuit in federal court to stop Texas from implementing its new legislative redistricting map.
Justice Department VRA Sec. 3 lawsuit against Texas. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday, July 25, 2013, that his department would be filing the lawsuit in federal court to stop Texas from implementing its new legislative redistricting map.

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 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXASSAN ANTONIO DIVISIONSHANNON PEREZ, et al.,Plaintiffs,v.STATE OF TEXAS, et al.,Defendants.MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGISLATIVECAUCUS, TEXAS HOUSE OFREPRESENTATIVES (MALC),Plaintiff,v.STATE OF TEXAS, et al.,Defendants.TEXAS LATINO REDISTRICTING TASK FORCE, et al.,Plaintiffs,v.RICK PERRY,Defendant.)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))Civil Action No. 5:11-cv-360(OLG-JES-XR)Three-Judge Court[Lead Case]Civil Action No. 5:11-cv-361(OLG-JES-XR)Three-Judge Court[Consolidated Case]Civil Action No. 5:11-cv-490(OLG-JES-XR)Three-Judge Court[Consolidated Case]
Case 5:11-cv-00360-OLG-JES-XR Document 827 Filed 07/25/13 Page 1 of 28
 
 MARGARITA V. QUESADA, et al.,Plaintiffs,v.RICK PERRY, et al.,Defendants.JOHN T. MORRIS,Plaintiff,v.STATE OF TEXAS, et al.Defendants.EDDIE RODRIGUEZ, et al.,Plaintiffs,v.RICK PERRY, et al.Defendants.)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))Civil Action No. 5:11-cv-592(OLG-JES-XR)Three-Judge Court[Consolidated Case]Civil Action No. 5:11-cv-615(OLG-JES-XR)Three-Judge Court[Consolidated Case]Civil Action No. 5:11-cv-635(OLG-JES-XR)Three-Judge Court[Consolidated Case]
STATEMENT OF INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES WITH RESPECT TOSECTION 3(C) OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
Case 5:11-cv-00360-OLG-JES-XR Document 827 Filed 07/25/13 Page 2 of 28
 
1Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1973a(c), is a vital remedial provisionthrough which federal courts can protect the rights of minority voters by imposing a preclearancerequirement on jurisdictions where intentional racial discrimination in voting has occurred.Because the State of Texas is no longer subject to the preclearance provisions of Section 5 of theVoting Rights Act through the formula in Section 4(b), Section 3(c) relief is available against theState. This Court must now determine whether intentional discrimination motivated the State’s2011 Congressional and State House redistricting plans in order to adjudicate Plaintiffs’ requestsfor such relief. As discussed below, Section 3(c) relief is warranted in this case because existingevidence establishes intentional voting discrimination and other proceedings provideoverwhelming evidence of constitutional violations in and by the State.
I.
 
THE UNITED STATES’ INTEREST
The United States respectfully submits this Statement of Interest under 28 U.S.C. § 517to address Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1973a(c), and the possible impactof that provision on this case.
See
Order (ECF No. 772);
see also
28 U.S.C. § 517 (authorizingthe Attorney General to attend to the interests of the United States in any pending suit). In lightof the United States’ enforcement responsibilities with regard to racial discrimination in votingand the Attorney General’s obligation to review proposed voting changes in jurisdictions that arecovered under Section 3(c),
see
42 U.S.C. § 1973a(c), the United States has a strong interest inensuring that this provision of the Voting Rights Act is interpreted and applied appropriately.The United States has a particular interest in the application of Section 3(c) in this case.In defending the judicial preclearance action filed by the State of Texas under Section 5 of theVoting Rights Act,
see Texas v. United States
,
 
887 F. Supp. 2d 133 (D.D.C. 2012) (three-judgecourt),
vacated 
, 570 U.S. ___, 2013 WL 3213539 (U.S. June 27, 2013), the United States took 
Case 5:11-cv-00360-OLG-JES-XR Document 827 Filed 07/25/13 Page 3 of 28

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