Court hears challenge of Texas’ judicial elections system

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge is hearing arguments on whether Texas’ statewide elections to choose judges for its highest criminal and civil courts violate the Voting Rights Act by deliberately diluting Hispanic voting power.

A coalition of Hispanic and civil rights advocates has sued and is seeking single-member districts for the Court of Criminal Appeals and Supreme Court. Similar systems are used by some city councils.

Proponents argue they could create districts empowering...

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