Texas, Fight

by R.J. White

Well, our state is in the political news spotlight again. The Associated Press reported in August that the continued fighting over redistricting could cause the primaries, scheduled for March, to be delayed for the second consecutive news cycle. The issue, county clerks say, needs to be resolved by September in order to keep candidate registration on schedule, which in turn is necessary to keep the March 4 primary election date on schedule.

Whether the primaries are delayed or not, it’s long past time to re-examine the process of redistricting in Texas and in the country at large. Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a brief in August related to the saga of whether Texas legislators should require preclearance with the federal government before adopting potentially discriminatory practices, including redistricting maps, with Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act the center of attention.

Read more in the September 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.