Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month throwing out the provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which required Texas to 'pre clear' all of its elections changes with the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder said today he will ask a federal court in San Antonio to order Texas to continue to submit to pre-clearance, 1200 WOAI news reports.
In a speech to the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Holder said 'intentional racism' being practiced by Texas Republicans are the reason federal oversight of Texas elections is necessary.
"Based on the intentional racial discrimination that was presented last year in the redistricting case, as well as the history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities that the Supreme Court itself has recognized, we believe that the State of Texas should be required to go through a preclearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices," Holder said.
Texas was subjected to pre-clearance laws for fifty years, requiring the state to get Justice Department approval for changes as simple as moving a voting booth from one end of a room to another. When SAWS proposed taking over the Bexar Met Water District two years ago, that had to get justice department approval because the Bexar Met board was elected, and that was considered to be a change in election laws.
Holder says there are other provisions of the Voting Rights Act which allow pre-clearance to continue.
"My colleagues and I are determined to use every tool at our disposal to stand against discrimination wherever it is found," Holder said.
He also vowed to expand the fight 'for equality and against injustice.'
"In our broader efforts, we will continue to look far beyond America's ballot boxes, to our schools, military bases, and border areas, our immigrant communities, our criminal justice system, and even our workplaces, in order to advance the fight for equality and against injustice," he said.
Immediately after the pre-clearance section of the Voting Rights Act was lifted by the court, Texas moved to implement the Voter ID act, which has already been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Holder and other groups, without citing any evidence, claim laws requiring people to show an ID at a polling place are discriminatory against somebody or other...and have vowed to continue to oppose them.