POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 4:10pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 11:56am
Austin, Texas (KETK) —
On Thursday, the United States Department of Justice announced that it will file a new lawsuit against the State of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State, and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety over the voter photo identification law (SB 14).
The D.O.J. says the new law violates the Voting Rights Act, as well as the voting guarantees of the 14th and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.
Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, is striking back at the federal government in his own words. Abbott also responds to United States Attorney General Eric Holder's claims the new voter ID law is racist and is attempting to prevent minorities from voting.
Read the full statement from Greg Abbott below:
"Just days after the U.S. Department of Justice arrested a Texas woman for illegally voting five times in the same election, the Obama administration is suing to stop Texas’ commonsense voter ID law. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws do not suppress legal votes, but do help prevent illegal votes. Voter IDs have nothing to do with race and they are free to anyone who needs one. Eric Holder's outrageous claim that voter ID is a racist plot to disenfranchise minority voters is gutter politics and is offensive to the overwhelming majority of Texans of all races who support this ballot integrity measure.
“By intervening in the redistricting case, the Obama DOJ is predictably joining with Democrat state legislators and Members of Congress and the Texas Democratic Party, who are already suing the State. Also, by challenging the 2011 redistricting plans, Eric Holder is trying to resurrect a law that was never implemented and no longer exists -- and then sue it. The 2011 redistricting plans have been replaced with plans that largely mimic plans drawn by three federal judges.
“Just two months ago the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal preapproval of state election laws. The Court emphasized that the Tenth Amendment empowers states -- not the federal government -- to regulate elections. The Obama administration continues to ignore the Tenth Amendment and repeated Supreme Court decisions upholding states' authority to enforce voter identification and redistricting laws.
“The Obama administration needs to move beyond the cynical politics of race and focus on the real issues affecting the daily lives of all Americans, regardless of their race.”