WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Texas say a 2011 law requiring voters to show photo identification at polls reflects the will of voters and doesn't run afoul of the federal Voting Rights Act.
Adam Mortara, giving an opening statement for Texas, says Texas and national Democrats don't realize that voters are the ones pushing for stiffer voter identification laws. He also says the law is similar to other state laws that have cleared legal challenges and that few people will be affected by it.
In her opening, Justice Department lawyer Elizabeth Westfall disputed Mortara's statement that few would be affected by the new law. She says as many as 1.4 million people lack the appropriate ID to vote under Texas' law.
The weeklong trial is taking place in a federal court in Washington.
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