Justice Settles Six Voting Rights Lawsuits in Texas

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has settled six voting rights lawsuits in Texas.

The suits alleged that some cities, counties and school districts had violated the rights of Spanish-speaking residents.

The lawsuits were filed and also settled yesterday, after prior negotiations on the allegations.

One lawsuit named against Galveston County.

The Justice Department also sued the town of Earth, plus the school districts in Littlefield, Post, Seagraves, and Smyer, all in the Texas Panhandle.

Information wasn't immediately available from the department on what elections the violations were to have occurred and who brought the original complaint.

The settlements still require approval by a three-judge federal court.

The decrees require that the jurisdictions comply with the Voting Rights Act.