Justice Department to challenge Texas voter ID law

Justice Department officials say they'll launch a few legal fight to block the Texas voter ID law.

Texas lost the first round when the federal government refused to give the state permission to enforce the law, under the preclearance part of the Voting Rights Act. But now that the Supreme Court has taken that power from the government away, the Obama administration is launching a new effort.

"We will not allow the Supreme Court's recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights," said Attorney General Eric Holder in a written statement.

The government will claim that the voter ID law violates a different section of the Voting Rights Act that was left intact by the Supreme Court's decision.

 The new lawsuit will claim that the ID law was was adopted with the purpose, and will have the result, of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.