Justice Department sues Texas over new redistricting maps

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department has sued Texas over its new redistricting maps, saying the plans discriminate against minority voters, particularly Latinos, who have fueled the state’s population boom. The lawsuit filed Monday claims the Republican-controlled state violated part of the Voting Rights Act in drawing new district boundaries for its congressional delegation and state legislature. It’s the Biden Justice Department’s first legal action challenging a state’s maps since states began redrawing their maps this year to account for population changes. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton condemned the litigation as an intrusion by the Democratic administration.