The trial to hear arguments on Texas’ controversial Voter ID law could be delayed. The US Attorney General’s office says the state’s legal maneuvering is taking too long.

The law requiring all voters to show photo identification before voting passed last legislative session. Last week, the Department of Justice ruled that Texas lawmakers could be required to turn over their communications about the legislation, and may be forced to testify at trial.

Court documents show the state has filed repeated motions to keep lawmakers from having to hand over those documents, or appear in court. Attorney General Greg Abbot has argued that lawmakers shouldn’t have to reveal internal discussions.

We did reach out to Attorney General Greg Abbott for his reaction to the request for a delay, but have not heard back yet. The trial was initially scheduled to begin on July 9.

Meanwhile, the state is also challenging the part of the Voting Rights Act that requires Texas to get federal approval before making changes to election law. Attorney General Abbott wants Section 5 declared unconstitutional.

The Department of Justice denied the Voter ID law preclearance, saying it did not pass federal standards and could disenfranchise some minority voters. We are also still awaiting a redistricting preclearance decision from a federal district court in Washington, D.C.