Trial on the State of Texas’ request for preclearance of its photo ID law (SB 14) starts Monday in Washington before a three-judge panel.
The trial is expected to last a week, with the panel rendering a ruling by August 31.
The trial will address both the claims that the photo ID law has a disparate impact on African-American and Hispanic voters and that the law was enacted with “a discriminatory purpose: the disenfranchisement of Hispanic and black voters.”
The trial, however, will not address claims by the State of Texas that the preclearance requirements of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act are unconstitutional - an issue the court will take up in separate proceedings only if the court finds grounds to deny preclearance.
If the law is precleared by August 31, the State of Texas has said that it will still have time to implement the law for November 2012 elections.
The State of Texas’ proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law can be found here.