“Judge sets oral arguments to determine if Texas intended to discrminate with voter ID law”

David Saleh Rauf reports in the San Antonio Express-News on this Order setting a January argument date on the question whether Texas passed its voter identification law with a racially discriminatory purpose.

A finding of racially discriminatory purpose could allow the trial judge to strike the entire voter id law (and not just soften it). It could also lead, under Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act, to placing Texas back under Federal supervision of its voting laws for up to 10 years.

The story also notes that the Texas AG has seemed to indicate there will NOT be any emergency action to the Supreme Court before the election to reverse the softening of the law ordered by the 5th Circuit and adopted by Texas in the district court.

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