Texas is being sued over the state’s voter ID law. Reuters reports on Aug. 22 that the Justice Department is suing Texas because it believes the law violates the Voting Rights Act. Despite the decision by the Supreme Court to strike down federal supervision over voting changes in certain states, the Justice Department is still able to file these types of lawsuits.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder clarified that the Supreme Court decision does not create a path for states to violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act. “We will not allow the Supreme Court's recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights,” he added. Holder explained the department is trying to protect voters’ rights.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has responded to the lawsuit by mentioning the state would fight for its voter ID law. The rule requires people to present a valid ID before they are able to vote. Attorney General Greg Abbott also responded with a statement that indicated Texas would fight the lawsuit. Abbott mentioned the rule was created to prevent illegal voting and pointed to a recent case of a woman from Texas “illegally voting five times in the same election.” He does not view the requirement of a valid ID card as an impediment or a way to target minorities.
The voter ID law is not the only focus of the Justice Department. It also wants to be a plaintiff in a separate case that involves redistricting in Texas because the state has been accused of discriminating against minorities.