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Holder: Texas Should Get Approval Before Changing Election Laws

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Attorney General Eric Holder says he will ask a federal court to require Texas to get prior approval before making any changes to its election laws.

The move represents the Obama administration’s first major response to a recent Supreme Court decision requiring congress to make changes to the Voting Rights Act.

Holder has pledged to use the justice’s department power to block state laws it views as discriminatory. Congressman Randy Weber, republican from Friendswood, says Texas is not engaging in discrimination.

“I don’t agree that somehow this is aimed at holding minorities down,” Weber said.

Congressman Gene Green, democrat from Houston, says the voting law in Texas does have provisions — such as the photo identification requirement — that make it more difficult for some people to cast their ballot.

“We need to encourage people to vote, and if you throw up barriers to them, all you’re trying to do is select your voters and that shouldn’t be the case,” Green said. 

Green says this issue will likely go back before the Supreme Court.

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