"Once again, the Obama administration is demonstrating utter contempt for our country's system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution," Perry said in a statement.

"This end-run around the Supreme Court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state's common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process."

Perry's statement came after Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderHolder: 2018 vote crucial to combating gerrymandering Holder: Sessions needs to 'have the guts' to say no to Trump Holder urges Justice Dept, FBI officials to 'be strong' in face of attacks: 'It will get worse' MORE announced that the Justice Department would file a motion later on Thursday requiring Texas to get federal approval before making changes to its voting laws.

The Justice Department motion comes about a month after the Supreme Court struck down portions of the Voting Rights Act concerning pre-clearance requirements for states seeking to change voting laws.

Critics of the ruling say the court's decision allows states to unfairly block minorities from voting.