US Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin’s Voter ID law

American Civil Liberties Union request to Supreme Court answered

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin from implementing a law requiring voters to present photo IDs.

The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday declared the law constitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union followed that up the next day with an emergency request to the Supreme Court asking it to block the ruling ahead of the November election.

On Thursday night the nation’s highest court did so, vacating the appeals court ruling pending further proceedings. Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented from the decision.

The voter photo identification law has been a political flashpoint since Republican legislators passed it in 2011. The law was in effect for the February 2012 primary but subsequent legal challenges have kept it on hold.