U.S. Supreme Court rules Texas can keep enforcing voter ID law
AUSTIN — The Supreme Court denied a request Friday to block Texas from enforcing its voter ID law into the 2016 election cycle as the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals weighs the controversial measure.
A three-judge panel ruled last year that Texas needed to fix the law, but the court allowed the state to continue to enforce it while appeals played out. The full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case in May.
In the meantime, civil rights groups had requested that the Supreme Court vacate the order from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the state to continue enforcing the voter ID law. Civil rights groups raised concerns that the 5th Circuit might not rule until after the November elections.
The Supreme Court struck down that request Friday — but left the door open for civil rights groups to ask again after July 20 if the 5th Circuit Court has not made a decision.