United States Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Justice Department is suing the state of Texas over its new voting integrity law.

Context: In September, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed a new voting law into effect. The law prohibits election officials from sending out unsolicited mail-in ballot forms, tightens rules around pandemic-related boring measures like drive-thru and 24-hour voting.

What Happened: President Biden’s Justice Department officially announced the lawsuit against Texas alleging the law violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

What Democrats Say: Democrats have claimed the new Texas law equates to voter suppression.

“Our democracy depends on the right of eligible voters to cast a ballot and to have that ballot counted,” Attorney General Merrick Garland commented. “The Justice Department will continue to use all the authorities at its disposal to protect this fundamental pillar of our society.”

NAACP President Derrick Johnson praised the Justice Department for suing Texas in a statement.

“Finally, a justice department that fights for justice. Texas is torpedoing American democracy and our constitutional right to vote. We are encouraged to see the DOJ pushing back.”

What Republicans Say: Texas Gov. Abbott says the law does not suppress citizens’ right to vote, protects election integrity, and makes it harder to cheat.

“It does make it easier than ever before for anybody to go cast a ballot. It does also, however, make sure it is harder than ever for people to cheat at the ballot box,” Abbott said at the signing of the law.

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