Holder wants court order forcing Texas to clear voting-rights changes with feds.
Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in late June that weakened the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will use what’s left of the law to go after what it considers discriminatory practices.
And the first target will be Texas, in a dispute over new boundaries drawn by the Republican legislature for congressional and legislative districts.
“This request to ‘bail in’ the state, and require it to obtain pre-approval from either the department or a federal court before implementing future voting changes, is available under the Voting Rights Act when intentional voting discrimination is found,” he said.
“We believe that the State of Texas should be required to go through a pre-clearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices.”
Holder said this is how the government will continue using the law “to ensure that the voting rights of all American citizens are protected.”