A federal judge in Corpus Christi ruled on Wednesday that a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of the state’s controversial Voter ID law is expected to begin in September as scheduled, 1200 WOAI news reports. Civil Rights groups like the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, which is one of the groups fighting voter i.d., says it is very important that the law be thrown out before the November general election.
“We believe that conducting an election under a procedure that discriminates against the minority community would be wrong,” said Jose Garza, lead council for the MALC. “We don’t want another election under a discriminatory election practice.”
The Texas Voter ID law, which had been approved by the Texas Legislature in 2011, was held up by the Justice Department, under its authority under Title V of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required ‘pre clearance’ for any change in election law or procedure undertaken in eight states including Texas, states which have a ‘history’ of voter suppression.