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DOJ: Texas House, congressional voting maps don't comply with federal Voting Rights Act
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ' The U.S. Department of Justice says Texas' new voting maps for Congress and for the Texas House do not met federal anti-discrimination requirements.
But the department's filing Monday with a federal court left the door open for the state to provide more information about the election districts drawn by the Republican-led Legislature. The case will likely be decided by a federal court in Washington, D.C.
District boundaries are redrawn every 10 years to reflect changes in census data. The Justice Department took issue with the maps for Congress and the Texas House.
The Texas attorney general's office last week wrapped up a trial about the new maps before a panel of three federal judges. The judges had indicated they would wait for the Justice Department to weigh in before ruling.