A Washington DC court will begin hearing arguments in the Texas voter ID legislation trial on July 9. The federal district court will decide if the law should be allowed to take effect. The law, passed last legislative session, requires voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot.

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice denied the state preclearance, saying the law didn’t stand up to Section 5 of Voting Rights Act. In other words, the state couldn’t prove it doesn’t have a discriminatory purpose or effect.

Texas is one of several southern states required to get preclearance. Attorney General Greg Abbott is also challenging that part of the law. In an amended complaint to the original lawsuit, he claimed Section 5 was unconstitutional.

That issue won’t be discussed, however, unless the court denies preclearance. In its initial scheduling order, the district court said "Count II of the State of Texas’s Amended Complaint alleging that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional shall not be addressed unless the Court denies judicial preclearance of Senate Bill 41."