Texas approved a controversial redesign of the electoral map: favors republicans and harms minorities.

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Even though Latino voters have shown more significant support in the last elections for the conservative party, they will be less represented in Congress due to the change in the constituencies.

On Monday, the Texas Republican approved a change of constituency for the U.S. House of Representatives that favors incumbent members of parliament and reduces the political representation of rising minority communities despite the significant growth of Latinos. In the country's most prominent Republican state.

The maps were approved Monday night after protests from Democrats, who called the process faster and limited it to a 30-day session, leaving little room for public intervention.

He also condemned the lack of minority-minded districts: Texas will now have seven constituencies for the lower house, with Latinos in the majority instead of the previous eight, despite changes in the state's population.

"What we're doing by passing this map is a flawed service to the people of Texas," Democratic State Representative Raphael Enchia told the House before the final vote. Governor Greg Abbott was expected to approve the changes.

Civil rights groups such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund have filed lawsuits against the reforms before they were passed by Republican lawmakers. The lawsuit alleges that Republicans who designed the constituencies did not weaken the political power of minority voters to create a new district with a Latin majority, although half of the Latin state's 4 million new residents. ۔ Of the last decade

Abbott's office did not respond to a message requesting a comment.

Republicans have said they followed the law in making the divisions, which protect their diminishing control over Texas by bringing more GOP-like voters to suburban districts where Democrats have made strides in recent years.

The plan would not create additional districts where black or Hispanic voters make up more than 50 percent of the voting population, even though more than nine out of 10 new Texas residents in the last ten years were of color.

Republican Senator Joan Huffman, who signed the maps and led the Senate delimitation committee, told fellow lawmakers he had been "drawn without seeing the race." He said his legal team had made sure the plan was in line with the Voting Rights Act.

Texas election maps have routinely ended up in court for decades. For example, a federal court indicated in 2017 that a map designed by Republicans had been drawn to deliberately discriminate against minority voters. But two years later, the same court said there was insufficient reason to take the extraordinary step of putting Texas back under federal supervision before changing electoral laws or maps.

Maps are redistributing the constituencies of Texas's nearly 30 million residents - and who is chosen to represent them - round off a year of tension over voting rights in the state. Democratic lawmakers twice dropped out of voting on an electoral law that toughened the state's already strict voting rules, describing it as a brazen attempt to drive minorities and other Democratic-leaning voters away from the electoral process.