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U.S. Atty Gen Requests Delay in Voter ID Case

Legislators now must testify about the law

By Chris Tomlinson
|  Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012  |  Updated 7:31 AM CDT
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U.S. Atty Gen Requests Delay in Voter ID Case

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The U.S. attorney general's office has requested a delay in the trial over Texas's Voter ID Law, saying the state's legal maneuvering is taking up too much time.

In court documents, federal lawyers complained that lawyers representing Texas are filing repeated motions to keep Texas lawmakers from having to testify and turn over documents.

Last week Texas lost one of those requests and now legislators must testify about the law, which requires voters to present a government-issued identification card to cast their ballot.

Republicans said the law is necessary to prevent fraud, but Democrats said it will prevent the poor and the elderly from voting.

The U.S. attorney general's office had agreed to a July 9 trial date, but after Texas fought subpoenas they said they now need more time.

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