Department of Justice Suing Texas over Voting Rights

Voter ID lawWell, well, well…look here, y’all!. The Justice Department is fired up and ready to go. Breaking news is that the Justice Department has officially announced that it will file suit against the state of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State, and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety over the State’s strict voter photo identification law (SB 14).

Additionally, the Justice Department is seeking to intervene in a redistricting case. According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “Today’s action marks another step forward in the Justice Department’s continuing effort to protect the voting rights of all eligible Americans,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights.  The Department will take action against jurisdictions that attempt to hinder access to the ballot box, no matter where it occurs.  We will keep fighting aggressively to prevent voter disenfranchisement. We are determined to use all available authorities, including remaining sections of the Voting Rights Act, to guard against discrimination and, where appropriate, to ask federal courts to require preclearance of new voting changes.  This represents the Department’s latest action to protect voting rights, but it will not be our last.”

A full copy of the press release is here.

Texas is one of several  states that took advantage of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to pass on to Congress the decision as to how states should be examined in terms of their compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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