(CNN) - The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that it will file
a lawsuit seeking to stop a controversial Texas law that would require
voters to show identification at voting booths.
wants a court to declare that the law, passed in 2011, violates part of
the federal Voting Rights Act and voting guarantees provided in the 14th
and 15th Amendments.
"Today's action marks another step forward
in the Justice Department's continuing effort to protect the voting
rights of all eligible Americans," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
said. "... The department will take action against jurisdictions that
attempt to hinder access to the ballot box, no matter where it occurs."