U.S. Department of Justice Sues Texas Over Restrictive Voting Laws

AUSTIN, Texas — This week, The United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas and Secretary of State John Scott to challenge Senate Bill 1 for violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Senate Bill 1 — one of the most restrictive voting laws since the Jim Crow era — was signed by Gov. Abbott on September 7, 2021. 

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: 

“This pivotal action taken by the U.S. Department of Justice is a crucial step towards protecting our democracy and protecting Texans’ freedom to vote from the ongoing anti-voter attacks by Republican leadership in our state. 

“This decisive move by the Department of Justice will hopefully alleviate some of the most dangerous measures included in this unconstitutional law.  Texas leaders must be held accountable for their blatant abuse of power in a shameless attempt to keep themselves in power.  

“Senate Bill 1 was passed for one purpose: to create barriers to voting, in an attempt to shut down the voices of millions of Black and Brown Texans.  

“Although we are grateful for today’s challenge to parts of S.B. 1, we cannot stop pushing for our legislators in Congress to act now.  We need our Senators to reform the filibuster and pass both the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act immediately to save our democracy and to protect every American voter.”