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.
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The trial begins Monday.