State officials filed a formal appeal asking justices to review a July ruling that found the law had a discriminatory effect on minority voters and thus violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The move, for now, is only symbolic. The petition for review will have no impact on the November election, since the Supreme Court can take several months before it decides whether to add a case to its docket.
That means the summer ruling stands, and a lower court judge’s orders to implement it ahead of Election Day will remain in full force.
In August, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos ordered Texas to institute a series of remedies prior to the election to ensure no citizen who lacks ID is turned away at the polls ― including allowing voters to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity.
Still, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) on Friday repeated what he and many Republican politicians insist it’s true about voter ID laws: that they’re necessary to keep people from committing voter fraud.