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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal appeals court in New Orleans has set a May 24 date for its re-hearing of a Texas voter ID law.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal had ruled in August that the law violates parts of the Voting Rights Act. But a majority of the full 15-member court decided earlier this month to reconsider the issue.

The May 24 hearing date was set Tuesday.

The 2011 Texas law requires 14.6 million registered voters to show picture identification at the polls.

Supporters say it prevents fraud. Opponents argue that it’s intended to make voting tougher for older, poor and minority voters who tend to support Democrats and are less likely to have the mandated forms of identification.

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