Feds Seek to Restore Voting Law Restrictions on Texas

The U.S. Department of Justice will ask a federal court to require Texas to seek permission before the state can change its election laws, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech to the National Urban League on Thursday.

Holder told the group that the Texas Legislature was found to have intentionally discriminated when it drew congressional and legislative redistricting maps in 2011 and suggested that that evidence should be enough to subject the state to a “bail in” provision in the federal Voting Rights Act.

Texas, like several states with histories of discrimination in voting laws ...

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