Holder to Challenge States’ Voting Rights Laws

Fri Jul 26, 2013 AT 9:47 AM EDT

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will attempt an aggressive end-run around the Supreme Court’s recent ruling striking down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, Politico reports. In a speech before the National Urban League in Philadelphia, The New York Times reports Attorney General Eric Holder indicated that the court motion was most likely just an opening salvo in a new Obama administration strategy to try to reimpose “preclearance” requirements in parts of the country that have a history of discriminating against minority voters. In the coming weeks, according to the Washington Post, Holder is expected to announce that the Justice Department intends to move under other sections of the Voting Rights Act to prevent states from implementing certain laws, including voter identification requirements. Texas Republicans hammered the Obama administration’s push to block their state’s new voting laws, arguing the president was singling out the Lone Star State. The Hill reports lawmakers say Thursday’s surprise move by Holder wastes taxpayer dollars and defies basic Constitutional checks and balances.

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