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U.S. Justice Department sues Texas over new voting restrictions

 WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Justice Department is suing Texas over new voting restrictions that the federal government says will disenfranchise eligible voters and violate federal voting rights law.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in San Antonio challenges the law known as SB1 passed earlier this year to overhaul election procedures in the state.

The law, which bans 24-hour and drive-thru voting, imposes new hurdles on mail-in ballots and empowers partisan poll watchers, was signed by Texas' Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in September.

The Justice Department lawsuit said the law illegally restricts voters' rights by requiring rejection of mail ballots "for immaterial errors and omissions." The law also harms the rights of voters with limited English proficiency, military members deployed away from home and voters overseas, the Justice Department alleged.

Earlier this year the DOJ sued Georgia over its new voting law, similarly arguing a violation of federal voting rights law.

The Texas law passed following a contentious debate in which some Democrats left the state to try to prevent its approval. It was among a spate of similar laws in Republican-run states aimed in response to false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

CNN

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  1. If dead people & illegals were voting for Republicans, Democrats would not only want voter ID, they would also want, fingerprints, an eye scan, & a DNA sample!

    1. At least you don’t see Democrats resorting to violence and storming the Texas capitol because they don’t happen to agree with the The Political Process. You people want to have your cake and eat it too.

  2. One-eyed Paxton, the Texas AG, himself a rabid filthy trumpite, investigated the 2020 election in Texas and found only one incident of actual voter fraud. It was a Republican voter.

    1. Exactly. No EVIDENCE of fraud. That doesn’t mean it didn’t occur. That’s because the system was accommodating for cheating to occur unnoticed hence the need for voting security.

  3. The next lawsuit against Texas by the DOJ will be over redistricting. Federal judges will end up drawing the new district lines as they have since 1964.

    1. I don’t think that’s happening and certainly not for the reason you stated. The ACLU won a lawsuit against the Trump administration for family separation and they are in the process of negotiating damages with the government.

        1. Not true. The ACLU Executive Director said he was disappointed in Bidens comments and stated that Biden obviously wasn’t briefed by his DOJ.

        2. It’s fake news Char Lie Dumbo the nitwit. The $450K figure was confirmed by the Wall Street Journal and senile Joe himself when he denied it yesterday. I’d trust the WSJ over your fake news.

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