Texas sued by the U.S. Dept. of Justice has the entire nation talking avidly this month. As the Dept. of Justice is suing the state of Texas over voter ID rights, it additionally argues that Texas is not relinquishing redistricting laws that are called discriminatory by different minority groups, Web Pro News reported this Friday, Aug. 23.
Having Texas sued may be surprising to some, but according to Attorney General Eric Holder, the state’s own discriminatory laws do not supersede those that the Supreme Court has passed. Holder added that the latest Supreme Court rulings allow no individual state to limit the rights of voters.
“[This lawsuit] this represents the department’s latest action to protect voting rights, but it will not be our last.”
While the state of Texas has been in hot contention over various voter ID laws for months now, federal judges have deemed that these Texas voter ID movements purposely discriminate against the minorities in the state, or at the very least, unintentionally suppress the voting rights of the poor. No decision was made on whether Texas is doing so directly or not, but it remains that Texas being sued is consistent with the state being the only one to have been found potentially actively discriminating against minorities.
Texas governor Rick Perry said that the lawsuit against the state by the U.S. Dept. of Justice is a clear violation of the 10th Amendment, while President Obama’s own administration is only making things worse, “providing an end run around the Supreme Court… 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.”
Texas Attorney General added that “Eric Holder is wrong to mess with Texas”, adding this remark on the lawsuit.
“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.”
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