Plaintiffs who had a short-lived victory in stopping Texas' voter ID law are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to try once again to stop the law from being used in this year's elections.
Last week, a federal judge in South Texas, Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, had struck down the law. But by Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had reinstated the law.
The plaintiffs said in a statement that more than 600,000 registered voters, who are disproportionately minority, won't be able to vote unless the Supreme Court steps in. In their brief, the plaintiffs said the appeals court panel was wrong to stay the lower court's decision because of the proximity of the Nov. 4 election rather than on whether the law is discriminatory.
In reversing the lower court decision, the appeals panel determined it's too late to change the rules for the election, but did not rule on the law's merits.
_ Suzanne Gamboa