The Department of Justice will file a lawsuit challenging Texas’ Voter ID Law. In announcing the suit, the DOJ named the State of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State, and the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The DOJ believes that the law “violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the voting guarantees of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”

In addition to the suit focused on Voter ID, the department also filed a motion to intervene in the ongoing redistricting case being considered by a federal three-judge panel in San Antonio.

“Today’s action marks another step forward in the Justice Department’s continuing effort to protect the voting rights of all eligible Americans,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement released today. “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. The Department will take action against jurisdictions that attempt to hinder access to the ballot box, no matter where it occurs. We will keep fighting aggressively to prevent voter disenfranchisement.”

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott had announced that the Voter ID Law would take effect immediately, following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding part of the Voting Rights Act. That ruling suspended federal pre-clearance requirements for states with a history of discrimination in voting matters. The Justices determined that the pre-clearance formula was dated. Congress would have to come up with a new formula for that portion of the Voting Rights Act to be valid once again.