“An attorney for a voting rights group said Monday that Donald Trump’s administration will no longer challenge a strict Texas voter ID law, signaling a dramatic change in the government’s approach to civil rights under its new attorney general, Jeff Sessions.
The justice department told plaintiffs in the case against the law that the government will formally end its opposition to the law, according to Danielle Lang, the deputy director of voting rights for the Campaign Legal Center.
Lang said the reversal was an “extraordinary disappointment”.
Early Monday afternoon, it was not immediately clear what specific changes the justice department would make in in court documents, for instance whether it would now argue the law was not passed with intent to discriminate by race. Federal courts have ruled that the 2011 law, which requires one of seven forms of photo ID to cast a ballot, discriminates against minorities.