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Texas Elected Officials Respond to Eric Holder’s Call to Go After Texas Voting Laws

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Hours after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Department of Justice will seek to restrict Texas voter integrity laws, some Texas elected officials responded.

Texas Governor Rick Perry (pictured) said, “Once again, the Obama Administration is demonstrating utter contempt for our country’s system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution. This end-run around the Supreme Court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state’s common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator John Cornyn said it is more of the same from the Obama administration, “By first going around the voters and now the Supreme Court, Attorney General Holder and President Obama’s intentions are readily transparent. This decision has nothing to do with protecting voting rights and everything to do with advancing a partisan political agenda.

“Texans should not – and will not – stand for the continued bullying of our state by the Obama Administration.”

Congressman Randy Neugebauer of Texas 19 voiced his disdain of Holder’s announcement, “The Attorney General’s announcement is outrageous. It disregards the Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act and demeans states’ rights.  I’m surprised that so soon after political targeting came to light at the IRS, the Obama Administration would resort to the same tactic to minimize opposition in Texas.  My constituents have been very clear about their response to this power grab: Don’t mess with Texas.”

Congressman Mac Thornberry also weighed in, “The Supreme Court recently ruled that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which gives the federal government power to micromanage voting decisions in certain states, was unconstitutional.  Today, Attorney General Holder announced he is going to do that to Texas anyway.  It is utterly wrong and may be related to political efforts to change the way Texas votes.  We are going to be looking at every option to stop Holder and to protect the right of Texas to make its own decisions just like any other state.”

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