The Biden Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Thursday that it would be suing the state of Texas over a recently-passed law aimed at curbing voter fraud and strengthening election integrity, according to ABC News.
The law in question, SB1, was signed by Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) in September, in response to the widespread voter fraud that took place in the 2020 election. The law, among other things, reduces early voting hours and locations, and also makes it harder to commit fraud via mail-in ballots, a tactic that was used to benefit Democrats last year.
The DOJ claims, without evidence, that SB1 is in violation of Section 208 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act “by improperly restricting what assistance in the polling booth voters who have a disability or are unable to read or write can receive.” It also claims that the law violates Section 101 “by requiring rejection of mail ballots and mail ballot request forms because of certain paperwork errors or omissions that are not material to establishing a voter’s eligibility to cast a ballot.”
Texas’s law is one of several passed in states across the country in order to combat voter fraud. Other states that have passed similar laws include Florida, Georgia, and Iowa; the DOJ previously sued the state of Georgia over their own election integrity law in June.
In the case of Texas, Democrats in the state legislature infamously attempted to delay passage of the bill by fleeing the state on a private jet to Washington, D.C. Governor Abbott ordered state authorities to demand their return to the state, and enough Democrats eventually came back to fulfill the quorum requirements necessary to pass the bill.