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US: DoJ Sues Texas over Restrictive Voting Law

US: DoJ Sues Texas over Restrictive Voting Law
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By Staff, Agencies

The Biden administration sued Texas on Thursday over a law that will restrict voting, according to a US Justice Department filing in San Antonio.

The law, known as SB1, prohibits drive-in voting, placing time restrictions on mail-in ballots, and violates civil rights and federal voting laws, the filing alleges.

This violates the rights of voters needing assistance in casting ballots, the Justice Department said in a statement. Mail-in ballots and forms may also be rejected for "errors or omissions that are not material to establishing a voter's eligibility to cast a ballot."

"Bring it," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a tweet. Abbott ratified the law in September. It goes into effect on December 2.

“Our democracy depends on the right of eligible voters to cast a ballot and to have that ballot counted,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said. ”The Justice Department will continue to use all the authorities at its disposal to protect this fundamental pillar of our society.”

This comes amid a series of laws sweeping some US states Democrats say restricts voting. Former president Donald Trump claimed voter fraud in last year's election, which Joe Biden won.