Supreme Court declines to block Texas voter ID law
United States Supreme Court Building at night in Washington, DC (Shutterstock)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a bid to block a controversial Texas law that requires voters to show identification before voting, meaning it is likely to be in effect during this year’s elections.

The court denied a request filed by opponents of the law, including individual Texas voters, who say the law is not needed and disproportionately affects older and poorer voters, including minorities, who are less likely to have identification papers. The court left open the option of opponents filing a renewed application before the election.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)