Trump appointee, AG Jeff Sessions targets federal voting rights act for Texas voter ID lawsuit

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are “shifting the focus to Texas’ legal fight against key provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act,” said Texas Attorney General Ken…

Trump appointee, AG Jeff Sessions targets federal voting rights act for Texas voter ID lawsuit

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are “shifting the focus to Texas’ legal fight against key provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a press release Wednesday.

The former U.S. attorney general’s decision comes in response to a new lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging that the Justice Department didn’t do enough to enforce federal laws against voter fraud after the DOJ declined to oppose the Texas law that the state says is needed to prevent electoral fraud.

On July 31, 2015, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a 2012 Texas Voter ID law — along with other election integrity measures that the state says are needed to protect the integrity of the vote. Paxton said the law was important because the state “is required by federal law to continue to provide photo identification to ballot casters” and that the ruling left the state vulnerable to voter fraud.

The Justice Department and the state of Texas have been at odds over the measure since a 2015 lawsuit was filed that disputed the constitutionality of the law. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the position of the then-U.S. attorney general to oppose the act’s enforcement.

Sessions said then the law was “clearly discriminatory” and dismissed the move as one of political correctness.

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