The nation’s top lawyer on Thursday joined several civil rights groups that want to return to the days when the federal government had to give its blessing before Texas could change any election law.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder infuriated Texas Republican leaders when he directed the Justice Department to step into a San Antonio federal court case in which groups representing African-Americans and Latinos are suing the state. The organizations — including the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the NAACP — claimed the Legislature’s 2011 redistricting maps would have discriminated against minorities and hindered their right to vote.
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