Justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

Oct 18, 2014 10:02 AM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is allowing Texas to use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

A majority of the nation's highest court on Saturday rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots.

The Supreme Court's order was unsigned, but three justices dissented.

The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. Early voting in Texas begins Monday.

The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification.

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