The Justice Department announced today that it will file a new lawsuit against Texas challenging its strict voter photo ID law under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the voting guarantees of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.
Separately, the Department is also filing a motion to intervene as a party in Perez v. Perry, which concerns the state’s redistricting laws.
Announcing the Department’s next steps in Texas, Attorney General Eric Holder said:
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.
Read the full DOJ press release here.