Court chastens Texas in Voter ID case

By: By CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press
By: By CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal court has warned Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to turnover evidence in the Voter ID case or the law will not be in effect by November.

In a sternly-worded order released late Monday, a three-judge panel in Washington said that if Texas turn-over key evidence in 48 hours, the July trial will be delayed further. Federal attorneys have repeatedly complained Abbott's staff have used legal maneuvers to avoid turning over important documents and keeping lawmakers from testifying.

The judges are trying to decide if the Voter ID law complies with the Voting Rights Act, which bans some states with a history or racial discrimination from passing new election laws without federal approval. The Texas law requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID.

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