Special meeting called to discuss redistricting lawsuit

November 13, 2011 7:50:37 AM PST
Voter redistricting plans recently approved for Harris County are at the center of a lawsuit, and a federal trial could determine if those plans need to be redrawn.

A special meeting has been called for Monday to discuss the issue.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett called the special meeting at the request of the county attorney. Commissioners are expected to talk about federal litigation involving the new redistricting map.

The controversial map was approved a few months ago over objections from the Latino community.

Some members of the Latino community -- now the largest ethnic group in Harris County -- claim the new boundaries aren't fair representations and minimize the opportunity for Latino voters to participate in the political process.

Members of the Latino community are suing over the new district. They proposed a new map but it got little support.

The newly approved map will go to the Department of Justice for pre-clearance.

We'll have more details and full coverage of the special meeting Monday morning.

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