Justice Department filing new lawsuit challenging Texas voter ID law

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.

3 Comments

  1. Alan

    August 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I would much rather see Texas secede, but we get to keep Austin, it’s nice.

    Let’s hope NC is next.

  2. brandon

    August 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Kudos to General Holder. May he march against of Voter Suppression Laws in Texas, North Carolina and other places republicans try to erect these barriers. May he be as successful as when Sherman marched across Georgia. We all know how that great campaign ended. SUCCESSFULLY!!!!!~

  3. Redmond Lawyer

    August 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Great to hear that the General Holder is doing is job. But how are they to know that that person hasn’t already voted at some other precinct?