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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

Texas in Transition: Redistricting and its Effect on Minority Representation

Redistricting is a political process. Lawmakers have used the power of redistricting to both help and hinder minority voters. The 1996 Supreme Court case, Bush v. Vera, exhibits the federal judiciary's reluctance to condone unconditionally the existence of minority-majority districts. This decision and others around the nation have forced states like Texas to learn new rules to the old game of redistricting. This report addresses how these changes will affect minorities and their ability to elect a representative who will voice their concerns in the United States House of Representatives. Proportional representation will be introduced as a recommendation which can remove some of the politics out of the process as well as reach the ultimate goal of voting equity.

--Author's foreword.


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