Supreme Court Halts Wisconsin Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned
Updated at 7:03 a.m. ET Friday:
After an appeals court put Wisconsin's voter ID law back into effect, the Supreme Court voted to put the law on hold while the justices decide whether to take the case.
Erin Toner of Milwaukee's WUWM reports:
NPR's Pam Fessler notes that while Samuel Alito joined fellow Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas in dissenting, he expressed concern about imposing the law so close to the election.
"That was one of the main arguments that opponents of the law had made — that it was too late to put this law into effect this year," Pam tells Morning Edition. "It had been on hold for two years until in September a federal court ruled that it could go into effect. But by that time, the state had already sent out hundreds of absentee ballots that did not include ID instructions. So election officials were going to have to track down each of those voters and have them send in a copy of their ID so their votes would count, which was quite a mess. Now those votes will count."
Meanwhile, a federal judge in Texas overturned that state's new voter ID law, a ruling the state's attorney general says will be appealed immediately, The Associated Press reports. The Justice Department had argued that the law would have left 600,000 Texans, mostly blacks and Hispanics, without sufficient identification to vote in November elections, according to The Associated Press.
Pam Fessler had this to say on the judge's ruling:
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