Here are answers to key questions about the case so far- and where it goes from here.
The Republican-controlled state government has lobbied hard to reinstate the controversial voting requirements since it was struck down last summer, with Texas Attorney General filing legal motions asking for the law's reinstatement that's been concurred by Sessions prior to the DOJ's complete shift today. There was no process to allow voters without suitable identification to sign an affidavit and cast a ballot. The Justice Department previously argued the law was crafted with discriminatory intent towards minority voters and has been involved in the case for over six years. In 2012, Texas state Sen. The law later took effect in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the section of the Voting Rights Act that required federal government preclearance.
J. Gerald Hebert, an attorney who represents multiple plaintiffs in the case, including Veasey, blasted the Department of Justice Monday afternoon.
A federal appeals court a year ago agreed that the law had a discriminatory impact, but asked the lower court to reconsider its findings that the law was passed with a discriminatory intent.
During the past week, both houses of the Texas legislature have proposed amendments that would make Ramos's tweaks to the voter ID law permanent. Civil rights groups, including the NAACP, sided with Democrats against Sessions, warning about his attitudes toward race.
A lawsuit against Texas over a voter ID bill will proceed without the support of the DOJ, according to an official announcement on Monday.
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Voters arrive at a polling place November 8, 2016 in Brock, Texas. Although state laws limiting voting rights are being challenged across the nation, the Texas law had gained prominence because of its sweeping breadth.
Texas appealed the 5th Circuit decision to the Supreme Court in September.
On Monday, however, the Justice Department said it will no longer pursue the discrimination claim because SB 5 includes numerous voter ID changes ordered by Ramos for the November general election - allowing, for example, a wider array of identification for those without a government-issued photo ID. Chief Justice John Roberts, in contrast, strongly suggested the high court would eventually hear the case in a statement issued concurrently with the denial of review.
Judge Gonzales Ramos' ruling is expected in the coming weeks and will likely spark another round of costly, prolonged appeals. Lang categorized the reversal as "extraordinary disappointment". The district court agreed, and last July, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld this finding. Attorneys for a voting rights group found that the new management of the Department of Justice has a much different view of voter-ID laws than it did during the Obama administration.
But Texas maintains that the law was meant to combat fraud and increase public confidence in elections.