U.S. Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked 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 ruling comes on the same day a federal judge struck down a Texas law requiring voters to show identification at polls, saying it placed an unconstitutional burden on voters and discriminated against minorities. …

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