Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is lashing out against the federal government’s attempts to force Texas to obtain approval before it can change its voting laws. Earlier today, Attorney General Holder said the U.S. Department of Justice will ask a federal court to require Texas to ask for permission before changing its election laws. The move follows a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that suspended the use of a pre-clearance provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Two pieces of Texas legislation — Voter ID and redistricting — hinge on the decisions made regarding the Voting Rights Act. Both laws were challenged in court and the federal government denied pre-clearance based on their findings that the legislation intentionally discriminated against minorities.

Abbott has been leading the charge against the part of the Voting Rights Act that requires Texas to go through this process. According to Abbott, the Supreme Court’s ruling makes those lower court ruling null and void. 

“The Supreme Court vacated those decisions. So those decisions no longer exist as a matter of law and cannot be used for any legal purposes,” Abbott said.

During a teleconference, Abbott said it was not necessary to put Texas back under federal oversight. He accused the Obama administration of using the legal system to help Democrats’ cause at the ballot box.

“I believe the Obama administration is joining with the Democrat party in the state of Texas in a lawsuit aimed at the 2014 elections rather than trying to protect the rights of minorities. I think this is an abuse of the Voting Rights Act for partisan, political purpose,” Abbott said.

It will be up to a federal district court in San Antonio to decide if it will grant the Department of Justice’s request. Abbott says if that happens, he’ll appeal to the Supreme Court.