Justice Department asks court to dismiss claim of discrimination in Texas voter ID case

By | February 28, 2017

The Justice Department asked a federal district court Monday to dismiss its claim that a Texas voter ID law was enacted with the intent to discriminate.

The move had been expected with the change of power in the White House, and is the latest example of President Donald Trump’s administration halting legal efforts to push policies started under his predecessor.

Election law expert Rick Hasen says the new motion may have little impact on the case itself because private parties are also challenging the law, “but it is indicative of a pullback of the DOJ in this case and a sign of possible things to come— with DOJ either staying out of these cases, or coming in on the side of states that have passed strict voting laws,” a reversal of practice under President Barack Obama’s Justice Department. (CNN)

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