A lawsuit filed by several civil rights groups this week could result in continued federal oversight of Texas voting laws despite a Supreme Court ruling that section 4 of the voting rights act is unconstitutional. Section 4 mandated that some states, including Texas, must get pre-clearance for any voting changes made by the legislature. The suit was filed in a Washington D.C. court by the League of United Latin American citizens, the NAACP, the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.
When the Supreme Court struck down the pre-clearance formula, it left intact the rest of the law, which is designed to protect minorities from voting discrimination.
During the Texas redistricting battle, the federal courts found the state was discriminatory when redrawing district lines.