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Texas voter I.D. trial

8 months ago September 02, 2014 Sep 2, 2014 Tuesday, September 02 2014 Tuesday, September 02, 2014 6:54:08 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS- A federal prosecutor told a judge in Texas that state's new voter ID law is motivated by racial discrimination and should be struck down since it could disenfranchise some 800,000 people and keep them away from the polls.

It was in opening statements in a trial over a measure Governor Rick Perry signed into law in 2011. Opponents call it the most stringent voter ID measure in recent years.

The feds contend blacks and Hispanics make up a disproportionate number of the 800,000 people in the state who don't have proper ID under the law.

Texas is the first major test after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Federal Voting Rights Act last year. 

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