Lawsuit Challenging How TX Judges are Elected

Could the next fight over voting in Texas be focused on judges?

A number of Latino voter groups have filed suit–challenging how State Supreme Court and Criminal Appeals Judges are elected to the bench.

“In that it doesn’t allow Latino voters an equal opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice” said attorney Jose Garza, pointing to the at-large system currently used in those judicial elections.

“The State of Texas should be divided up in to districts–with each district electing one member of the Texas Supreme Court–or, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals” Garza told KTSA News, admitting it may take years until this case is finally played out to its end.

When asked if the U.S. Supreme Court may end up with the final say on the matter, Garza chuckled.

“I think so” Garza said, adding “As those things go around here… yeah.”

Jose Garza on Judges Lawsuit 

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