“A Critical Look at Holder’s Texas ‘Gambit'”

WSJ Law Blog:

Dusting off a little-used section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric Holder made headlines last week when he asked a federal court in San Antonio to take back control of Texas’s voting rules.

The move is thought to be a prelude to a broader battle with Republican states following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that gave GOP regions more autonomy over their election laws.

But Mr.  Holder’s fight with Texas may not be worth it, at least according to University of California-Irvine law professor Richard Hasen, an electoral law expert who supports tougher voting-rights protections.

The best thing that can be said about the Justice Department’s legal strategy is that it’s better than nothing, he said.

 

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