Justice Department Sues Texas Over New Voter ID law

Source: Kevin Johnson and Richard Wolf / USA Today

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is going to court Thursday to block Texas’ tough new voter ID law, implemented after the Supreme Court in June struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The Justice Department lawsuit, to be filed in federal court, represents the latest step in a legal as well as legislative battle between Republican state lawmakers seeking to tighten up voting laws and Democratic officials in Washington who favor more lenient access to the polls.

At the same time, the department is joining a separate legal challenge to Texas’ congressional and legislative redistricting plans.

The Supreme Court’s ruling struck down the formula used by the Voting Rights Act to determine which states and municipalities had to clear all voting changes with the federal government. Since then, states from Texas to North Carolina have moved to pass and implement new restrictions.

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