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Texas voter ID fight returning to federal court

Texas voter ID fight returning to federal court
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Monday, July 9, 2012 - 7:58am

The decades-old legal battle between states' rights and civil rights returns to a familiar venue - a federal courtroom - on Monday as lawyers for the state of Texas try to convince a panel of judges that the U.S. Justice Department has no legal authority to block the state from immediately implementing a voter ID law.

Civil rights groups contend that Texas' 2011 law requiring voters to provide identification with a photo issued by the state or the military discriminates against minority citizens and violates the federal Voting Rights Act. They say it harkens back to state laws designed to disenfranchise minorities, such as poll taxes and literacy tests.

Click here for the full report by the Houston Chronicle.

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