Holder’s legal move irks Texas leaders
July 29, 2013, 9:00 pm by James Walker
Holder’s decision, which he announced Thursday in a speech to the Urban League in Philadelphia, is widely seen as the Justice Department opening a new front in the battle for voting rights in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a major setback to those advocating voter protections.
Fraser, the author of a voter identification law approved by the Texas Legislature in 2011 that was blocked from implementation by the Justice Department that said it was discriminatory, indicated Holder’s decision is a partisan act.
"Eric Holder is continuing to use the (Voting Rights) Act for partisan political gains,” Fraser said in a statement issued by his office. "Despite overwhelming public support for photo identification requirements, the Obama Justice Department blocked the implementation of Voter ID for two years.
"Now, they are trying to use another section of the Voting Rights Act to keep up their assault on Texas.”
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