- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Democrats have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate a raid by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office on a nonprofit voter registration group.

In 2010, armed investigators dispatched by Abbott’s office suspecting election fraud raided the headquarters of group Houston Votes. A year later, the investigation was closed with no charges filed. But Houston Votes never recovered.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1AE9mkA ) the 12 Democratic House members from Texas said in a letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that “the raid raises serious concerns” about the use of state resources.

A Justice Department spokeswoman says the investigation request is being reviewed.

Abbott spokesman Jerry Strickland says the action is “political grandstanding.”

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