Supreme Court allows Texas voter ID law to stand

Supreme Court allows Texas voter ID law to stand
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The Supreme Court Friday denied an advocacy group’s request to temporarily block a Texas voter identification law from being enforced during the 2016 general election.


The Campaign Legal Center had asked Justice Clarence Thomas to stay the law, which two lower courts found discriminated against minority voters, while it’s under review by the full bench of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The group is afraid there won’t be a final decision in the case in time to stop the law from being enforced during 2016 general elections.

Thomas referred the request to the full court for review. Though it denied the request, the court did give the Campaign Legal Center the option of trying again in the future.

“The Court recognizes the time constraints the parties confront in light of the scheduled elections in November 2016,” said the order released on Friday. “If, on or before July 20, 2016, the court of appeals has neither issued an opinion on the merits of the case nor issued an order vacating or modifying the current stay order, an aggrieved party may seek interim relief from this court by filing an appropriate application.”

The court said the parties involved could also request another stay if circumstances in the case change before July 20.