The U.S. Supreme Court says the controversial Texas voter ID law can be used for the November election. Early voting begins on Monday.
SCOTUS rejected an emergency appeal from the Department of Justice and civil rights groups to bar the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to vote.
The law was struck down by a federal judge last week but was upheld by a federal appeals court. The federal Judge Nelva Gonzales called the voter ID law an “unconstitutional poll tax.”
Judge Gonzales found that roughly 600,000 voters, mostly black or Latino, could be turned away from the polls due to a lack of acceptable photo identification.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill said the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Texas voter ID law “is an affront to our democracy.”