U.S. DoJ files lawsuit against Texas over voting curbs law

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Nov 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department filed a suit against Texas connected Thursday implicit a authorities instrumentality that places strict curbs connected voting by mail, successful the latest effort by the Biden medication to combat caller voting restrictions being enacted successful Republican-controlled states crossed the nation.

The department's suit takes purpose astatine Texas Senate Bill 1, which was signed into instrumentality by Governor Greg Abbott successful September, saying it violates voters' rights.

The Texas instrumentality makes it tougher to formed ballots done the message by preventing officials from sending unsolicited mail-in ballot applications.

It besides adds caller recognition requirements for mail-in voting, prohibits drive-through and 24-hour voting locations, limits aboriginal voting, and restricts who tin assistance voters requiring assistance due to the fact that of disabilities oregon connection barriers.

The Justice Department ailment alleges that the Texas instrumentality improperly restricts disabled voters oregon voters who cannot work oregon constitute from being capable to person capable assistance astatine voting locations.

"The challenged provisions volition disenfranchise eligible Texas citizens who question to workout their close to vote, including voters with constricted English proficiency, voters with disabilities, aged voters, members of the subject deployed distant from home, and American citizens residing extracurricular of the country," the ailment says.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Jan Wolfe successful Washington; further reporting by Ismail Shakil successful Bengaluru; Editing by Aurora Ellis

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