In a 6 to 3 decision, the high court allowed Texas’ controversial voter ID law to be used in the 2014 midterms, with early voting to begin on Monday.
A divided US Supreme Court decided Saturday morning to allow Texas officials to continue to enforce the state’s voter identification law, despite a federal judge’s ruling a week ago that the law was discriminatory and amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax.
The justices split 6 to 3 on the issue. The order, announced shortly after 5 a.m., means that Texas voters will have to show photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot in the mid-term elections.
Early voting is set to begin in Texas on Monday in advance of the Nov. 4 elections.