The Texas attorney general’s office accused the Justice Department and minority rights groups Tuesday of intentionally delaying the federal court process to certify the state’s voter identification law in time for the November elections.
According to the Austin American-Statesman
, the accusation came in a statement from Attorney General Greg Abbott’s spokesman after a panel of federal judges hearing the case issued a harsh criticism of their own.
They accused Abbott’s office of delaying the process by not turning over databases the Justice Department claims would show the law adversely impacts minorities.
“The Department of Justice and partisans who oppose the voter ID law have issued endless discovery requests seeking millions of records that have nothing to do with this case,” said Abbott spokesman Jerry Strickland. “The state has already produced roughly 25,000 pages of information and millions of records from state databases.”
The law, which requires a valid government-issued photo ID to vote, was passed earlier this year.
Enactment, however, has been delayed because the Justice Department, which has the authority to block election law changes in states with a history of discrimination, has not approved it.
The trial to determine the legality of the law is scheduled to begin on July 9. But the judges warned this week that unless Texas meets “every single future deadline and every single condition” the trial will likely be delayed.
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