Rick Perry: Holder showing 'utter contempt' for Constitution

"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 Holder 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.

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