Thursday, August 22, 2013

Messing With Texas, Cont.

The Justice Department formally announced today what we expected would occur:  it's joining lawsuits challenging Texas' voter photo id/ suppression law and it's Rethuglican-gerrymandered redistricting plan:
“Today’s action marks another step forward in the Justice Department’s continuing effort to protect the voting rights of all eligible Americans,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights.  The Department will take action against jurisdictions that attempt to hinder access to the ballot box, no matter where it occurs.  We will keep fighting aggressively to prevent voter disenfranchisement. We are determined to use all available authorities, including remaining sections of the Voting Rights Act, to guard against discrimination and, where appropriate, to ask federal courts to require preclearance of new voting changes.  This represents the Department’s latest action to protect voting rights, but it will not be our last.”
We certainly hope it won't be the last action by the Justice Department to halt Rethuglican voter suppression efforts, most recently green-lighted by the Shelby County v. Holder decision gutting the Voting Rights Act.  Keep suing their peckerwood asses.

(Photo:  Texas Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry -  yahoo, dimbulb, genital compensator, would-be vote suppressor)

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