Texas sued: The Department of Justice is suing Texas and taking a tough stance against voter ID laws that potentially disenfranchises minorities. Led by Attorney General Eric Holder, the DOJ is attempting to intervene on a discrimination lawsuit over redistricting that Republicans insist are designed to prevent voter fraud.
In an August 23 Christian Science Monitor report, Holder says the Texas lawsuit represents a pivotal step towards fighting for the right to vote for all "eligible Americans."
The civil action against Texas comes at a time in which the state was the only one in this past decade found to be in violation over a person's right to vote in elections.
The state of Texas, sued over alleged voter ID laws and questionable rendering of voting districts, comes as no surprise; the Lone Star state has been the subject of litigation over similar matters.
However, given the results of the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial decision over the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the DOJ felt compelled to intervene to prevent a slippery slope.
Essentially, in June ruling the High Court invalidated a key part of the constitution that prohibited states from changing voting laws before notifying federal courts.
President Barack Obama's administration expressed dismay over the surprise move. And after a backlash from minorities and key politicians, the attorney general sued Texas over other key components in which federal courts do have jurisdiction
Governor Rick Perry, conservatives, and other GOP figures claims the lawsuit against voting methods in Texas is a violation of the state's 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights.
"The filing of endless litigation in an effort to obstruct the will of the people of Texas is what we have come to expect from Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama," Perry added.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, who supports the state's voting laws -- and is a likely replacement for the outgoing governor -- says he will do everything in his power to invalidate the government's lawsuit against Texas.
"Eric Holder is wrong to mess with Texas. By intervening in the redistricting case, the Obama DOJ is predictably joining with Democrat state legislators and Members of Congress and the Texas Democratic Party, who are already suing the State," Abbott said.
Of note: Federal courts found that Texas intentionally discriminated against minorities with its redistricting maps and voter ID laws.
However, the DOJ has a hurdle to overcome with the High Court's recent decision, which now says that the government must first show that Texas intentionally or unintentionally violated a person's right to vote or get this: openly admit to discrimination.
With Texas sued, minority coalitions like the NAACP and Mexican American Legislative Caucus are joining efforts to effect change.