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Judges To Decide Texas Voter ID Law

Texas' voter ID law to go on trial in Washington

Sunday, Jul 8, 2012  |  Updated 3:31 PM CDT
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Judges To Decide Texas Voter ID Law

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The fate of Texas' controversial new voter ID law -- which requires voters to show photo identification at the polls -- is set to be decided this week in a federal court in Washington.

The state, arguing the law will prevent voter fraud, is seeking to persuade a three-judge panel to uphold the statute. The Justice Department and a slew of intervening groups say the law disproportionately affects minority voters, violating the federal Voting Rights Act. They will seek to have it thrown out.
   

The case will be a test of the Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965, which was designed to protect minorities' rights to vote. 
   

The trial begins Monday.

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