December 1, 2021
Texas exploded with growth in the decade between 2010 and 2020, far outpacing any other state by adding 3,999,944 people, entirely in our cities and suburbs. Over 95% of our new residents are people of color, with Latinos constituting a whopping 49% of total growth. In this Texas, on a proportional basis, given their significant population size, Latinos should comprise the majority in 45 state house districts.But the final maps, as recently signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, prop up the political power of rural, Anglo Texans at the expense of everyone else. Indeed, both of the new congressional districts created are majority Anglo. And the state House map reduces the number of majority Latino opportunity districts – meaning, districts where Latinos have a meaningful chance to elect a candidate of their community's choice – from 33 down to 30.This report is meant to provide a detailed analysis of the maps, as passed. We also seek to celebrate what our movement for a more reflective democracy did accomplish, which is worth celebrating. And, finally, we want to make sure that future generations of civil rights lawyers, community organizers, lawmakers and everyday Texans fully understand the origins of our flawed maps. The lessons and experiences learned from this cycle are absolutely critical for the next 10 years of work built by Texas organizers and attorneys. Ultimately, this process must reflect and celebrate the diversity and dynamism of our State because Fair Maps are a clear sign that we have a healthier and more reflective democracy. The absence of that fairness and transparency point to deep flaws in our democracy that must be rectified and addressed to achieve a more just Texas.