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Voting Rights: Holder DOJ 1, Texas Republicans 0

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 5, 2015

Score one for the American people, as well as Eric Holder’s and Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department:

A federal appeals court in Texas has struck down one of the nation’s strictest voter ID laws, siding with the Obama administration’s argument that it would keep hundreds of thousands of eligible voters from casting ballots.

The Wednesday decision was a victory for the president, who has directed the Justice Department to try to beat back a movement in several Republican-led state governments to implement ballot-box restrictions.

Democrats and civil rights advocates have been fighting the Texas law since it was passed in 2011. After early success, opponents of the law had to change tactics when the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 struck down a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

I had thought the VRA was totally gutted. Thank you, AGs Holder and Lynch, for proving me wrong.

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