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Republican redistribution weakens the influence of minority voters, the report shows
Republicans severely distorts district lines in their favor and weakens the influence of minority voters as they draw new district lines across the country, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice.
The report, which examines the status of the current decade's redistribution cycle, notes that Republicans are shielding their efforts to settle minority districts by arguing that the new lines are based on bias.
While racial discrimination by redistribution is illegal, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2019 said discrimination based on bias was acceptable.
"This cycle sees unprecedented efforts to undermine political power in black, Latino, Asian and indigenous communities through redistribution, especially in southern states, which for the first time in more than half a century are no longer covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. ”Is stated in the report.
"Some of the most aggressive attacks on minority powers come in the suburbs of southern states like Texas and Georgia. There, Republicans have surgically dismantled rapidly diversified districts, where colored communities have enjoyed increasing electoral success in recent years," it adds.
The report also notes that Republicans, who have complete control over the drawing of 187 of the U.S. House's 435 districts, make the districts much less competitive.
Donald Trump won 54 districts with 15 or more points in states where the GOP controls redistribution under old maps. According to the new plan, that number will increase to 70.
The redistribution cycle is still ongoing. New York, Tennessee and Missouri are still among the states where lawmakers are drawing new maps.