It Begins: DOJ Asks for Extra Time in Texas Voter ID Case Because of Likely Change of Positions in Case

DOJ has filed this request for a one month extension of a hearing in the trial court hearing the latest round in the Texas voter id case. The motion, which is opposed by the private plaintiffs in the case but supported by the state of Texas, asks for the extension for the following reason: “Because of the change in administration, the Department of Justice also experienced a transition in leadership. The United States requires additional time to brief the new leadership of the Department on this case and the issues to be addressed at that hearing before making any representations to the Court.”

I expect that in both the North Carolina and Texas voting cases pending in the Supreme Court, and that aspect of the Texas case now pending in the district court, the U.S. DOJ will switch sides and align with the states that passed restrictive voting rules and against the voting rights plaintiffs.

UPDATE: The court has postponed the hearing for a month.

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