Since the provision of the Voting Rights Act that demands that certain states who had a history of discriminatory voting practices to have preclearance of a federal level before changing any of their voting laws have been dropped by the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in an effort to encourage congress to soon come up with a new coverage plan, has vowed that he will show that these states still should require preclearance based on evidence that the states involved are still using underhanded tactics to suppress minority voters. The first state on the list was Texas.
Texas Attorney general Greg Abbott says they are in no way looking to disenfranchise minority voters and that there is no evidence of racial discrimination.
Ok, if he would have stopped there, he would be fine, but he just couldn’t help himself. In his defense brief:
Texas didn’t discriminate against minority voters. It was only because they were Democrats. And even if it did, the racial discrimination Texas engaged in is nowhere near as bad as the stuff that happened in the 1960s.
Wait, there’s more:
DOJ’s accusations of racial discrimination are baseless. In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party’s electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats….The redistricting decisions of which DOJ complains were motivated by partisan rather than racial considerations, and the plaintiffs and DOJ have zero evidence to prove the contrary.
So basically in an attempt to cover his tail on racial discrimination claims, he admits to discriminating against an even larger group of voters that still includes a vast majority of the ones they are accused of in the first place. His argument isn’t “we wouldn’t discriminate against minorities”, his argument is like, “we discriminated against a lot of minorities, but it was because of who they vote for, not their skin color. Hey, it’s not like we lynched anyone”.
I can’t wait to hear North Carolina‘s defense. That should be interesting.