DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Texas Over Voter ID, Seeks Preclearance

Good news — the Department of Justice has filed a law against the state of Texas to block the state’s voter ID law and reinstate the requirement to seek preclearance prior to passing similar laws. The department is also intervening in an effort to block the state’s sweeping redistricting plan that would disenfranchise large swaths of voters.

From the Department of Justice

The United States’ complaint seeks a declaration that SB 14 violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the voting guarantees of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Separately, the Department is filing a motion to intervene as a party and a complaint in intervention against the State of Texas and the Texas Secretary of State in the ongoing case of Perez v. Perry (W.D. Tex.), which concerns the state’s redistricting laws. The United States had already filed a statement of interest in this case last month. Today’s action represents a new step by the Department in this case that will allow the United States to formally present evidence about the purpose and effect of the Texas redistricting plans. [...]

In the voter ID lawsuit, the United States’ complaint contends that SB 14 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. The complaint asks the court to prohibit Texas from enforcing the requirements of its law, and also requests that the court order bail-in relief under Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act. If granted, this would subject Texas to a new preclearance requirement.

In the Department’s other filing announced today, the United States seeks a declaration that Texas’s 2011 redistricting plans for the U.S. Congress and the Texas State House of Representatives were adopted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group in violation of Section 2, as well as the voting guarantees of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The complaint also requests that the court order bail-in pursuant to Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act, to remedy persistent, intentional discrimination in voting within the State of Texas.

I for one am grateful that Eric Holder has not only refused to resign amidst successive fake scandals, but also agreed to serve another term and endure dubious lines of questioning from the Flying Monkey Caucus and fickle, manic-progressives while serving the public interest.

(h/t Whistleblower Attorney David Benowitz)
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  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Thank you Eric Holder and Obama Administration for this action.
    Still; fingers crossed on this one.

  • i_a_c

    Holder’s DOJ ought to earn an A+ on civil rights issues. They’ve been outstanding.

  • D_C_Wilson

    Even after Texas turns blue, the manic-progressives will still be shouting, “Worse than Bush!”

  • Christopher Foxx

    Good news — the Department of Justice has filed a law suit against the state of Texas

    FYI, you left out a word.