The Justice Department said Thursday that it will sue Texas over its voter ID law and, separately, look for ways to intervene in a lawsuit over the state’s redistricting policies — in the latest volley in the ongoing dispute between the feds and the Lone Star State.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in a brief written statement, blasted the move and said Texas would continue to defend “the integrity of our elections.”

“The filing of endless litigation in an effort to obstruct the will of the people of Texas is what we have come to expect from Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama,” Perry said.

Holder, though, said the step marks the department’s “continuing effort to protect the voting rights of all eligible Americans.” He added, “We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights.”

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