A federal judge in Corpus Christi today will consider whether the state’s Voter ID law should be considered by a court before the 2014 election, 1200 WOAI news reports.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos has set the trial date for next September, before the elections, as the Mexican American Legislative Caucus is demanding.
“She used in part of her decision making that she has heard some compelling evidence as to why this trial needs to occur before the November 2014 election,” said State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio), who heads the MALC.
But Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who will be on the 2014 ballot as the Republican candidate for governor, is calling for the trial to be held in January of 2015. State officials argue that a September 2014 vote would be too late for elections officials to deal with the outcome of the trial in an election that would happen just two months away. They also argue that it would be confusing to require photo i.d. to vote in the primary, but not to vote in the general election in the same election cycle.
The state implemented photo i.d. in this month’s constitutional amendment elections. Officials say nobody was denied the right to vote, but many voters, including Abbott, had to sign forms attesting to their identity because the name o their voting registration card was different than the name on their photo i.d.
Democrats have repeatedly claimed that Voter I.D. laws ‘disenfranchise’ hundreds of thousands of Texas voters, mainly minority voters who would be more likely to vote Democrat. But they have been unable to produce individuals who have a logical claim of being unable to obtain one of the free Voter Identification Certificates being handed out by the Secretary of State’s office.