Loon Star State: Gerrymandering in Texas


Ben Sargent

In the latest Loon Star State, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ben Sargent takes on the Texas GOP’s practice of gerrymandering, which has been repeatedly found discriminatory against racial minorities.

The Supreme Court decided Monday that it would consider a Wisconsin redistricting case that raises the question of whether voting maps drawn to favor a political party are constitutional. The result could have huge implications for Texas.

Maps that favor a political party have historically been found constitutional by federal courts. Districts that limit the influence of racial minorities, though, have repeatedly been blocked. The Wisconsin case could limit the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature’s ability to carve up odd-shaped districts that quarantine Democratic voters.

But before the Supreme Court takes up that case in October, a federal court in San Antonio will consider Texas’ congressional and state House maps in July. Judges have said the maps are unconstitutional because they were drawn to dilute minority voters.

This cartoon appears in the June 2017 issue of the Texas Observer. Read more from the issue or become a member now to see our reporting before it’s published online. To see more political cartoons, visit our Loon Star State section.