Texas Voting Battles Give DOJ Hope For Bail-In Victory

Law360, Dallas (July 25, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice, which said Thursday that it wants Texas to submit to preclearance for any changes to its voting laws, must clear high hurdles to prove the state has intentionally discriminated against minorities, but experts say previous findings that the state disenfranchised voters should buoy the government's case.

The DOJ asked a panel of three federal judges in San Antonio to use Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act to "bail in" the state to preclearance, meaning it would need preapproval from the...
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