A Guide to the Trial Over Texas Voter ID Law

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  • Voter ID
  • Voter ID
  • Texas Voter ID Law
  • Texas Voter ID Law
  • Texas Voter ID Law
  • Voter ID
  • Texas Voter ID Law

What's Next?

The Justice Department, Mexican American Legislative Caucus and other voting rights groups joined a federal lawsuit attempting to overturn the law, while Attorney General Greg Abbott, the favorite to win the governor's race in November, has sought to dismiss the lawsuit — even though his office, not Abbott personally, is arguing the matter. Opening statements from both sides began Tuesday before Gonzales Ramos, and the trial is expected to last two weeks. The judge could issue a ruling from the bench in time to affect the November election, but attorneys say that's unlikely — meaning that 13.6 million registered voters in Texas would still be required to produce a photo ID next Election Day.

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