State voter ID law to be tested in D.C. court

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 7:28 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Many Texas leaders would like to see voters show up with a voter identification card when they vote in November's general election. But, first, the Texas voter ID law must survive the scrutiny of a three-judge panel in Washington, D.C.

Monday morning, the panel began hearing arguments as the law faces its toughest legal challenge yet.

The panel will have to make sure the law complies with Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The panel has to be sure requiring a photo ID to vote will not prevent people from voting based on race, color or language differences.

The controversial law has deeply divided Texans, mostly along party lines. Republicans say the law prevents voter fraud; though the Texas Attorney General's own numbers show it's not as much of a concern as many think.

Democrats, meanwhile, argue having to show a photo ID will prevent many within its own party from voting, including the poor, elderly and minorities who may find it difficult to get identification.

The three-judge panel will also look at Texas Republican legislators to be sure there was no bias against race, ethnicity and language when voting the legislation into law.

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