In 2013, a group of Galveston County officials, upset about plans to redraw boundary lines and reduce the number of justice of the peace and constable districts, sued the county. They argued the new districts amounted to racial gerrymandering.

The man who consulted on the redrawn Galveston districts is now under post-mortem scrutiny after the release of thousands of documents which, some say, show how he used partisan tactics to keep Republicans in power across the country.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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