Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 09, 2014 9:18 PM

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday prevented a new voter identification law in Wisconsin from going into effect.

The nine-justice court, with three conservative members dissenting, granted a last-minute request by civil rights groups seeking to block an appeals court ruling that the law could be implemented.

The high court's action means the new law, which requires voters to present photo identification when they cast ballots, will not be in effect in the lead-up to the November elections.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Peter Cooney)