AUSTIN — Advocates for minorities in Texas blasted the process by which the state is considering new political maps, complaining on Thursday that lawmakers are not giving poor people outside of Austin the chance to testify and the versions under consideration would discriminate against minorities.
Minority senators, all of them Democrats, vehemently opposed adopting interim maps drawn by a federal court, saying they did not do enough to guarantee that minorities will have their voices fairly heard in the 2014 elections. They complained that while 89 percent of new Texans since 2000 are minorities, the temporary maps do not reflect their voting power.
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