January 01 2022 12:00 am

Supreme Court denies hearing Texas voter ID law

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According to several national media outlets, the Supreme Court has opted not to take up Texas’ controversial voter ID law.

On Friday, the court denied an emergency request from a group saying the measure was discriminatory. The order did not give a reason and is not a permanent decision.

Fox News reports there is still pending litigation against the law, or SB 14, in a federal court and the case will be heard next month. It’s possible the Supreme Court will revisit the issue later in the year before November elections.

The Texas law required voters to provide specific government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot. It has been suggested around 600,000 eligible voters do not possess one of the required IDs. Critics say many of those people are poor Hispanic and black voters.

Free voting IDs are available from the state. There have been no reports of widespread issues with people being unable to vote.

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