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DOJ Challenging Texas Voting Rights Laws, Sen. Cornyn and Rep. Thornberry Respond

The US Justice Department will seek a federal court order to force Texas to return to pre-clearing any changes to its voting laws.
The US Justice Department will seek a federal court order to force Texas to return to pre-clearing any changes to its voting laws.

US Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement today during a speech in Philadelphia.

The move comes after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act last month.

It required Texas and other southern states with a history of voter discrimination to get federal approval before making voting changes.

The ruling invalidated the formula the Federal Government used to determine which states or local jurisdictions could remain under special federal oversight.

Holder says the Obama Administration will use a different section of the voting rights act to support its case.

Federal authorities must prove "purposeful" discrimination in order to ask a judge to order Texas to comply.

Cornyn Responds to Justice Announcement on Texas Voting Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement responding to reports that Attorney General Eric Holder will again target Texas’ voting laws in court:

“By first going around the voters and now the Supreme Court, Attorney General Holder and President Obama’s intentions are readily transparent. This decision has nothing to do with protecting voting rights and everything to do with advancing a partisan political agenda.

“Texans should not – and will not – stand for the continued bullying of our state by the Obama Administration.”

Thornberry says Holder Decision to Target Texas is "Utterly Wrong"

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following statement after Attorney General Eric Holder announced his intention to continue scrutinizing Texas for voting rights discrimination:

"The Supreme Court recently ruled that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which gives the federal government power to micromanage voting decisions in certain states, was unconstitutional.  Today, Attorney General Holder announced he is going to do that to Texas anyway.  It is utterly wrong and may be related to political efforts to change the way Texas votes.  We are going to be looking at every option to stop Holder and to protect the right of Texas to make its own decisions just like any other state."

Sen. Cruz: Holder Announcement Politicizes Department of Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Ted Cruz released the following statement regarding Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that the Department of Justice will seek to require Texas to get permission before making voting law changes:

Attorney General Holder's recent announcement is just the latest example of his politicization of the Department of Justice. Holder's refusal to accept the judgment of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding preclearance continues the Department's longstanding pattern of refusing to follow the law.

Likewise, Holder continues to attack voter ID laws, even though the Supreme Court has concluded that voter ID laws are supported by multiple interests that are "unquestionably relevant to the State's interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process."

AUSTIN --  State Senator Kel Seliger of Amarillo is the Chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee.
        He spoke to us about Holder's plan, and what it means to Texas.
        "What the Attorney General is trying to do is find another part of the Voting Rights Act to require prior clearance, which I believe is punitive and discriminatory and discriminates against nine states."
  
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