Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced Tuesday his state will re-establish its voter ID law after the Supreme Court struck down a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that required certain states to seek federal approval before changing the electoral process.
Congress must devise a new racial calculus to determine which counties and states must petition the federal government to change election laws, the majority announced.
Texas greeted the ruling with plans to implement its suspended voter ID laws and district maps.
“With today’s decision, the State’s voter ID law will take effect immediately. Redistricting maps passed by the Legislature may also take effect without approval from the federal government,” Abbott’s statement read.
In March 2012, the Department of Justice struck down the law, claiming it would disproportionally affect the state’s growing Hispanic population. Gov. Rick Perry pushed back fiercely, calling the decision “pervasive federal overreach.”