Washington, D.C. (KMSS) — On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is opening a new front in the battle for voter protections.
In Holder's speech to the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Holder stated the department is asking a federal court in San Antonio to require the state of Texas to get advanced approval before issuing future political redistricting changes.
Holder called the Voting Rights Act "the cornerstone of modern civil rights law," and said, "we cannot allow the slow unraveling of the progress that so many, throughout history, have sacrificed so much to achieve."
United State Senator, John Cornyn (R-TX), issued the following statement responding to reports that Attorney General Eric Holder will again target Texas’ voting laws in court:
“By first going around the voters and now the Supreme Court, Attorney General Holder and President Obama’s intentions are readily transparent," said Cornyn. "This decision has nothing to do with protecting voting rights and everything to do with advancing a partisan political agenda. Texans should not – and will not – stand for the continued bullying of our state by the Obama Administration.”