CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — In a story April 3 about Texas' voter ID law, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a federal judge was delaying until after June 7 a decision about whether state lawmakers deliberately intended to discriminate when they approved the law. That order applied to a separate case on how to fix the law, not on its intent.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Texas voter ID case delayed until after legislative session
A federal judge mulling how to fix Texas' voter ID law has agreed to delay the case until after the state's legislative session ends next month
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A federal judge mulling how to fix Texas' voter ID law has agreed to delay the case until after the state's legislative session ends next month.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos said in an order Monday that she'll delay any ruling until after a hearing June 7. The Texas Legislature adjourns May 29.
Last year, a federal court ruled Texas' law discriminatory against poor and minority state residents, and ordered a workaround letting people without approved ID vote in November by signing an affidavit.
Gozales Ramos is deciding how to fix the law. In a separate case, she's deciding whether state lawmakers meant to discriminate when approving the law in 2011, which would violate the Voting Rights Act.
Meanwhile, a bill making permanent the affidavit process is working its way through the Legislature this session.