Legislator Reacts To Redistricting - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

06/29/06 - Nacogdoches

Legislator Reacts To Redistricting

Only one part of the congressional map will have to be re-drawn in Texas. That's after this week's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court finding that Texas unfairly diluted the voting power of Hispanics in South Texas. The rest of the voting lines can stay.

In the end it was voting rights, not politics being questioned  noted Representative Roy Blake Jr. "The Voting Rights Act deals with fair representation of ethnic races, not political parties. And so it's ok to draw lines based on political parties as long as it doesn't disenfranchise a voter.

Blake, a republican,  was elected after the lines were drawn. He'll be leaving the job after a defeat by Wayne Christian. Blake said  he's pleased congressional districts for East Texas remain intact.

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