Voting Rights Act
4:44 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Southern States Gird For New Fight On Voter Laws

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder efforts to put Texas back under voting rights laws knocked down by the Supreme Court has other states waiting to see if they're next.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder efforts to put Texas back under voting rights laws knocked down by the Supreme Court has other states waiting to see if they're next.
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New efforts by the Obama administration to put Texas back under voting rights laws knocked down by the Supreme Court has other states waiting to see if they're next.

The Justice Department wants Texas to continue seeking federal preapproval to change voting laws. That's despite justices stripping that requirement from the Voting Rights Act last month.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Texas "will not be our last" when it comes to seeking voter protections in other states. He didn't say what other states might be targeted, but Republican leaders in Alabama are digging in for another possible round with the Justice Department.

Alabama's Attorney General Luther Strange says this is just one more instance of the Obama Administration and Eric Holder ignoring our system of checks and balances when it doesn’t get its desired result.