The full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the measure as racially discriminatory last summer.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will not hear
arguments at this time over Texas’s strict photo ID law,
which the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down
as racially discriminatory last summer. Approximately
600,000 registered voters did not have the acceptable
ID required under the law as originally written.
The decision is the latest in the years-long battle over
the law, which plaintiffs argued discriminated against
Black and Latino voters in the state. It was the strictest
law of its kind in the nation, allowing, for example, a voter
to use a concealed gun permit to vote, but not an
identification card from one of the state’s flagship universities.