Statement from Rep. Coleman on Federal Court Denying Preclearance of Redistricting Maps

Style News Wire | 8/28/2012, 11:42 p.m.
Rep. Garnet F. Coleman, (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to the denial of preclearance of redistricting maps by ...

Rep. Garnet F. Coleman, (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to the denial of preclearance of redistricting maps by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia:

"Today is a victory for the people of Texas. I am thankful that this federal court has preserved the integrity of 'one man, one vote' by enforcing the Voting Rights Act. The Republican-drawn maps were a prime example of why Texas maps must be precleared in the first place: the maps did not represent the demographics of our state and blatantly disenfranchised minority voters. While this does not affect the current maps for November’s election, today’s opinion ensures that we are one step closer to having maps that allow voters to elect representatives of their choice.

I was called as a witness by the U.S. Department of Justice in this case, and I would like to thank Attorney General Eric Holder and his staff for their vigorous defense of the Voting Rights Act and their stellar performance in federal court."

Rep. Coleman is available for comment.