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Lawyer: White House to no longer contest Texas' voter ID law

3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 February 27, 2017 3:01 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
AP Photo/LM Otero, File

AUSTIN, Tx. - An attorney for a voting rights group says President Donald Trump's administration has told her that the federal government no longer plans to challenge Texas' strict voter ID law.

Danielle Lang, of the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, said Monday that plaintiffs in the case were told by the U.S. Justice Department that it will be filing documents to formally drop its opposition to the Texas law. She called the decision an "extraordinary disappointment."

The move marks a stark reversal under new Attorney General Jeff Sessions from the Obama White House, which joined a lawsuit against Texas in 2013. The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

A federal appeals court last year ruled that the Texas law discriminated against minorities and the poor, and ordered changes ahead of the November election.

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