Justice Department will sue Texas on voting rights

NBC Latino

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Justice Department will fight the Texas Voter ID law.

“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,” said Holder in a written statement.

In June, the Supreme Court declared invalid a part of the Voting Rights Act which required states to get preclearance from the federal government before making any voting changes.

The government will claim that the voter ID law violates a different section of the Voting Rights Act that was left intact by the Supreme Court’s decision.

The new lawsuit will claim that the ID law was was adopted with the purpose, and will have the result, of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.

Texas Democratic state representative Trey Martinez Fischer, chairman of…

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