Latinos Sue Texas Democratic Party

     SAN ANTONIO (CN) – The Texas Democratic Party cheated Latinos of equal representation in choosing delegates to the party’s presidential nominating convention this year, in violation of the Voting Rights Act, LULAC of Texas and the Mexican American Bar Association claim in Federal Court.

     The complaint challenges the Party’s decision to allocate delegates for its “nominating precinct conventions … according to the raw vote cast in each such precinct for the Democratic nominee for governor in 2006.”
     Plaintiffs claim, “The challenged practice of allocating delegates based on raw voter turnout results in restricting participation in high concentrated Latino senatorial district and rewarding senatorial districts with high Angle population and high Republican participation. This allocation system does not allow Latino voters an equal opportunity to participate in the electoral process and select candidates of their choice, in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Moreover, the current allocation system was adopted in 1988 and has been periodically modified to their current status for use in the 2008 election process and these changes have not been submitted for, nor have they received the required pre-clearance pursuant to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.”

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