AG Holder vows to enforce civil rights protections

By PETE YOST | December 13, 2011 | 4:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is vowing to use the full power of the Justice Department to enforce civil rights protections for voters in next year's elections amid a flurry of activity by states to redraw political boundaries and impose requirements that could reduce voting by minorities who enthusiastically supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

In prepared remarks for a speech in Austin, Texas, the nation's chief law enforcement officer urges the nation to call on political parties to resist the temptation to suppress certain votes in the hope of attaining electoral success.

Holder says that instead, Americans should call on parties to achieve success by appealing to more voters.