On March 24, 2022 the U.S. Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit against Galveston County, Texas, the Galveston County Commissioners Court, and the Commissioner Court's presiding officer challenging the County's adopted County Commissioners Court redistricting plan as violating the federal Voting Rights Act. Specifically, the DOJ alleges the plan violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because it was adopted, at least in part, with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of Black and Hispanic voters to vote on account of their race or color and further results in the dilution of Black and Hispanic voters' voting strength, citing the elimination of the only district in which minority voters had an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. They are seeking a judicial declaration that the 2021 County Commissioners Court plan violates Section 2 of the VRA as having both a discriminatory purpose and result, an injunction barring the defendants from using the plan in future elections, and a court order requiring the defendants to adopt a new plan which complies with the VRA.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division - No. 3:22-cv-93
- Complaint - 3/24/22
- Order for Conference and Disclosure of Interested Parties - 3/25/22
- Defendants' Consent Motion to Extend Deadline to File Responsive Pleading - 4/20/22
- Order - 4/25/22
- Defendants' Motion to Stay - 5/17/22
- Order Denying Motion to Stay - 5/24/22