July 11 AP story: “Schroeder, who was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, indicated Thursday that he will issue a written decision in the case within the next month.”
This ruling will be significant, and along with Frank v. Walker one of the early tests of how much Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act can be used to make up for the loss of the preclearance regime of Section 5.
Whatever the judge decides will likely be appealed to the 4th Circuit.
Frank v. Walker, involving Wisconsin’s voter id law, is on appeal to the 7th Circuit and a new motion by the state of Wisconsin to use the id in the 2014 elections could be decided in a matter of weeks.
[An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed a Sept. 9 oral argument date in the Wisconsin case.]