While several courts have dealt with challenges to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act -- which forces certain states with a history of racial discrimination to have their election laws precleared by either the federal government or in a D.C. court -- Texas' challenge is the most prominent. Law professor Rick Hasen thinks there's at least a chance the Supreme Court could hear the case before the November election.
"It is really late in the SCOTUS term. So maybe this does not make it to SCOTUS before adjournment in June. But if Texas wants to use its voter id law in November, the Court could well take it up even in September, before the usual October start of the Court term," Hasen writes.
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