After a hearing this morning, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos rejected the State of Texas’ request to move the start of trial in the voter ID case from September 2, 2014 to March 2015.
The September trial date leaves open the possibility that a ruling on the law could come in time to impact procedures in the November 2014 general election.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott had pushed for a later trial date on the grounds that changes to the law would be difficult to implement after mid-August and could result in voter confusion.
Following the hearing, the court also entered a scheduling order for the case, a copy of which can be found here. A calendar overlaying key dates in the voter ID and Texas redistricting cases can be found here.