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Holder presses Texas to clear voting law changes

Opening salvo in wake of ruling on Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. revealed Thursday the Justice Department would ask a court to require Texas to get permission from the federal government before making voting changes in that state. The move opens a new chapter in the political struggle over election rules after the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act last month.

In a speech before the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Holder also indicated that the filing was most likely an opening salvo in a new Obama administration strategy to try to reimpose “preclearance” requirements in parts of the country that have a history of discriminating against minority voters.

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