(Washington) The US Department of Justice filed a complaint Thursday against the state of Texas for a recently passed law in the southeast that the Joe Biden government believes restricts the right to vote.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Antonio, accuses the law of violating federal election and civil rights laws.
Texas law, its advocates say, makes elections safer by protecting against fraud, bans voting by car, and imposes many other restrictions on voting times and mail voting.
Critics say it disproportionately affects the voting of minorities, especially African Americans, who have historically tended to vote Democrats.
In a statement, the Department of Justice said, among other things, that the legislation violated the rights of voters by restricting access to assistance for those who need help voting.
“Our democracy depends on the right of eligible voters to put a ballot in the ballot box and the fact that that ballot counts,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said, vowing that his department would do everything in its power “to protect this pillar of our community.”
Several states across the country have in recent months been working to use the unsubstantiated allegations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election, launched by former President Donald Trump and his allies, to pass laws that impose various restrictions on voting, thus making it more difficult for some, According to the association.
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