Texas Voter ID Challenge Gets 2014 Trial Date

AUSTIN (November 15, 2013) U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos set a September 2014 trial date Friday for a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Texas Voter ID Law, just before a pivotal general election.

The trial is scheduled to start Sept. 2, 2014, in Corpus Christi.

Opponents hope to halt the law before next year's much-watched election.

Attorney General Greg Abbott's office is defending the 2011 law, but declined to comment Friday.

The law requires Texans to show one of six forms of identification at the polls in order to vote.

Those challenging the law, including the U.S. Justice Department, say the requirement creates an illegal barrier to poor minorities and people in rural areas voting.

This month's election was the first time the law was enforced, but there aren’t enough data to determine its full effect.

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