SCOTUS lets Texas use voter ID law in November

SCOTUS lets Texas use voter ID law in November

The Supreme Court in a pre-dawn order Saturday said Texas could proceed with its strict voter ID law in next month’s election, despite a lower court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional.

The court gave no reasoning for its decision, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented, joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. …

An appeals court had said it was too close to the election to stop what has been described as the nation’s strictest photo ID law.

But Ginsburg said the court had shirked its duty, since a district court after a full trial had said the law was written with discriminatory intent and could keep an estimated 600,000 registered voters from casting ballots. …

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called the court order “a major step backward,” letting stand a law that a federal court “had determined was designed to discriminate.” …

It was the fourth time in recent weeks that the Supreme Court has been called on to decide whether changes in election laws approved by Republican-controlled state legislatures could be used in next month’s crucial midterm elections. …

In each case, the court neither confronted the merits of the laws, nor did the majority explain its reasoning. The justices let changes go forward in Ohio and North Carolina, but they stopped a new voter ID law in Wisconsin.

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