State Accused Of Drawing Out Case
The federal court that will decide the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law has ordered the state to turn over more documents related to the case. The court accused Texas of stalling the process by failing to produce materials in a timely manner despite repeated demands. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott denied the allegation, claiming the state has been fully cooperative in the case.
Texas political insider Harvey Kronberg, who publishes the Quorum Report, tells KTRH the state should heed the court's warning.
"If what they (the judges) perceive to be foot-dragging continues, they may not permit the adoption of the voter ID law for this forthcoming election." He also sees some politics at work based on the many battles Texas has had with the federal government recently. "There's certainly no shortage of fist-waving and chest-thumping about the federal courts."
The court is set to hear the case on July 9th, but Kronberg says this week's order could put that date in jeopardy if the state doesn't act. "If we don't have the litigation on July 9th, then the court cannot act expeditiously and we will not have voter ID for the upcoming election."