The city has sent its redrawn maps to the Department of Justice for approval. That’s the map that drew Oak Cliff/West Dallas councilman Scott Griggs out of his district. And Oak Cliff councilman Delia Jasso thinks the new lines weaken the Hispanic vote in her district.
There is a four-point minority report that some council members are sending to the Justice Department, asking them to challenge the map.
It states that the mayor held private meetings, which led to a map that “ignores citizen input but also that of the Redistricting Commission.”
The map “decimates” the fabric of Oak Cliff, splitting three similar neighborhoods near Kiest Park into three separate districts: “This deplorable indifference to considering and respecting our communities of interest occurs throughout District 3, as far north as Pinnacle Park and as far south as Mountain Creek.”
The petition states that the Voting Rights Act isn’t being applied to other parts of the city, and that Oak Cliff’s districts were unduly disturbed, while other parts of the city saw few changes: “Why isn’t North Dallas’ District 10 that contains Hamilton Park and a sizeable Black voting age population, redistricted into a winnable Black seat? Why isn’t Northwest Dallas that contains a substantial Hispanic voting age population, redistricted to contain a winnable Hispanic seat? Dallas’s diversity is citywide and redistricting should reflect that reality.”
Anyone can sign the petition online.