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Federal gov't sues Texas over Voter I.D. law

Washington, Aug 22 (EFE).- The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that it will file a lawsuit against Texas over the state's new Voter I.D. law, which requires a photo identification to cast a ballot. The DOJ wants a court to declare that the Texas legislation, SB 14, violates the Voting Rights Act and the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. "Today's action marks another step forward in the Justice Department's continuing effort to protect the voting rights of all eligible Americans," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

Obama to continue voting rights efforts, activists say

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pledged on Monday to continue to fight racial discrimination at the ballot box despite a legal setback at the Supreme Court, civil rights activists said after a meeting with him at the White House.

Obama administration declares new voter rights strategy

By David Ingram and Dave Warner WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Obama administration embarked on a new strategy on Thursday to challenge voting laws it says discriminate by race, an effort to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that freed states from the strictest federal oversight.

US to defend voting law in Texas court

The US Justice Department is going to court in Texas in defense of the Voting Rights Act in response to a Supreme Court setback, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday. It will ask a federal court in Texas to force state authorities to seek Washington's blessing for any changes it makes to its voting laws and practices, said Holder in a speech in Philadelphia. Given its past record of "pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities... we believe that the state of Texas should be required to go through a pre-clearance process," he said.

Voting rights enforcers shift focus after Supreme Court defeat

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. office charged with protecting the voting rights of racial minorities is changing its focus but not its commitment after the Supreme Court last month invalidated part of a federal voting rights law, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday. Speaking at a major civil rights convention in Florida, Holder said he was shifting staff within the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to emphasize enforcement of parts of the law that the high court left untouched.

Supreme Court nixes Texas voting rulings

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Thursday sent two cases concerning voting laws in Texas back to lower courts for reconsideration in light of a major ruling this week that knocked out a key section of the 48-year-old Voting Rights Act that fought discrimination at the polls. The cases concern proposals on redistricting and voter identification that had been rejected by federal judges under a provision of the law that the Supreme Court ruling effectively nullified.

US high court strikes down part of Voting Rights Act

The US Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday in a decision denounced as a setback for civil rights by President Barack Obama and anti-racism activists. In a hotly anticipated decision, the justices ruled by five votes to four that part of the 1965 law that sets a formula for deciding which states must seek Washington's blessing when amending voting laws is unconstitutional.

US high court strikes down part of Voting Rights Act

In what President Barack Obama branded a civil rights setback, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key part of a federal law that safeguards the voting rights of blacks and other minorities. By a 5-4 decision, the court upheld the core principle of the Voting Rights Act -- that any electoral changes in mainly Southern states with a track record of voting discrimination must be "precleared" or approved by Washington.

U.S. Supreme Court guts important element of Voting Rights Act

Washington, Jun 25 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively neutered a vital enforcement mechanism of the 1965 federal law protecting minorities' right to vote. By a 5 to 4 vote, the high court ruled that Congress must revise the criteria determining which states must obtain federal approval to change their voting laws. The criteria are set in Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and provide the basis of the federal "preclearance" authority established by Section 5.

US Supreme Court takes up voting rights law

The US Supreme Court Wednesday took up the US voting rights law, a cornerstone of efforts to guard against a resurgence of racial discrimination in American states with a segregationist past. At issue is the 1965 law's Section 5, which requires nine mainly southern states and local governments in seven other states to obtain Justice Department approval for any changes in their electoral codes.
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