A judge in Corpus Christi has ordered a September 2014 trial on whether the state's Voter I.D. law is constitutional, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The decision to hold the trial before the 2014 elections pleased Democrats.
"Over the last three years, Greg Abbott helped enact and defend discriminatory redistricting maps, he helped enact and defend a discriminatory voter photo ID law, and he refused to support the Dream Act to allow Hispanics who grew up in Texas the opportunity to attend college, said Matt Angle, who heads the Lone Start Project, a Democratic Party activist group.
The state's photo Voter I.D. law, which was passed by the Legislature in 2011, was allowed to take effect this past summer, with the U.S. Supreme Court voided Section Five of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which had allowed the Department of Justice oversight authority into Texas elections.
The Photo I.D. law was used for the first time in a Texas statewide election earlier this month, and there were no reports of any voters not being allowed to cast ballots.
Democrats maintain that Photo I.D. laws are meant to disenfranchise elderly and minority voters, voters who are more likely to vote Democratic. Republicans say the laws are necessary to fight voter fraud, and point out that Democrats have been unable to produce any individuals who have realistically been 'disenfranchised' by Photo I.D. laws.
A law identical to the Texas law is in place in Indiana, and has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.