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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Justice Dept. To Challenge States On Voting Rights

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Urban League annual conference, Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Urban League annual conference, Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is opening a new front in the battle for voting rights.

That’s in response to a Supreme Court ruling that was a major setback to voter protections.

Holder is speaking to the Urban League in Philadelphia. The attorney general says the Justice Department is asking a federal court in Texas to make the state get approval in advance before changing its voting laws and practices.

This “pre-approval” requirement from the Justice Department or a federal court is available when intentional voting discrimination is found.

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