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Eric Holder Moves to Save the Voting Rights Act in Texas
Posted on Jul 25, 2013
The U.S. attorney general said Thursday that the Justice Department would respond to the Supreme Court ruling against the Voting Rights Act by seeking to require states to obtain federal approval before putting political redistricting changes in place.
At the time of the announcement, Eric Holder addressed probable changes in the state of Texas.
The attorney general called the Voting Rights Act “the cornerstone of modern civil rights law,” saying that “we cannot allow the slow unraveling of the progress that so many, throughout history, have sacrificed so much to achieve.”
On a 5-4 vote last month, the Supreme Court threw out a powerful part of the law that helped black Americans on their way to acquiring equal rights and political power.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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