Justice Department Drops Opposition To Texas Voter ID Law (Houston Public Media)
The Justice Department is ending its involvement in the federal lawsuit challenging Texas’s Voter ID law. Attorneys for the department have filed paperwork saying the federal government will no longer support plaintiffs charging that Texas intended to discriminate against minority voters when the state passed its voter ID law in 2011.
The case is set to return to federal court Tuesday.
“This is a position the Department of Justice has taken, and taken seriously, for many years,” says Danielle Lang of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C., representing the plaintiffs. “It’s extraordinarily disappointing to see them make this 180 [degree turn].”