Texas Says It Will Appeal Voter ID Ruling To SCOTUS Next Week

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September 20, 2016 5:39 p.m.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office said it planned to appeal a circuit appeals court ruling that weakened the state’s voter ID law to the Supreme Court next week. The announcement came in the state’s response to a court order Tuesday, instructing it to fix language in its voter education materials so that it was in line with a court-approved agreement after the appeals court ruling, which said the 2011 law was discriminatory in its effect.

“Our office still maintains the common-sense measures in the Texas voter ID law are valid and will be filing a petition this week for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case,” the statement said.

It was unclear from the statement whether Texas plans to apply for an emergency stay asking that the ruling be halted and the law implemented ahead of the November elections, or if it plans to only ask for a full review of the case, which would likely take many months for the Supreme Court to hear and decide.

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