(CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court for now has blocked Wisconsin from implementing its voter identification law.
After a federal appeals court upheld the law earlier this week, a coalition of private groups had asked the high court to intervene on an emergency basis, complaining the newly-implemented procedures could cause confusion, causing many voters to either not bother to cast a ballot or be mistakenly turned away at the polls.
The order issued Thursday evening was opposed by Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
"It is particularly troubling that absentee ballots have been sent out without any notation that proof of photo identification must be submitted," said Alito.
The state had argued the law reduces voter fraud and promotes accurate record-keeping, saying that producing a government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license, would not unduly inconvenience most citizens.
Wisconsin officials have not announced their next steps to comply with the high court's one-page order.
The issue could affect the gubernatorial race between incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who backs voter ID, and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke.
The Wisconsin cases are Frank v. Walker (14A376) and (14A352).
Meantime in Texas, a judge struck down that state's voter ID law, saying it would disenfranchise minority voters and therefore could not be implemented.
"We are extremely pleased with today's ruling, a ruling that was compelled by the facts of this case. Following a two-week trial that included testimony from nearly 40 witnesses, Texas failed to identify a single instance of in-person voter fraud -- the purported justification for Texas's photo ID law," said Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the nation's leading civil rights law firm and a separate entity from the NAACP. "The Court today effectively ruled that racial discrimination simply cannot spread to the ballot box."
The office of state Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement it would appeal "and urge the Fifth Circuit (federal court) to resolve this matter quickly to avoid voter confusion in the upcoming election. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are constitutional so we are confident the Texas law will be upheld on appeal."
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder lauded both the Wisconsin and Texas decisions.
"This Department will never yield in its commitment to protecting that most sacred of Americans' rights -- the right to vote," he said in a statement.
Governor Scott Walker's spokesperson Laurel Patrick issued this statement on the Supreme Court ruling:
"Voter ID is a common sense reform that makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat. While we understand the need for awareness about the law, we think it is important voter ID is implemented, so voters can have confidence in the electoral process, and we are confident the law will ultimately be upheld."
Joe Zepecki, Communications Director for the Mary Burke campaign issued this statement:
"We look forward to continuing to inform Wisconsin voters about the clear choice in this year's Governors race and ensuring that every eligible voter who wants to cast a ballot has the opportunity to do so. Regardless of your politics, we can all agree that the greater the level of participation in elections, the better it is for our state."
Congresswoman Gwen Moore issued this statement:
“I welcome this Supreme Court ruling and the strong message it sends to all who think they can manipulate our voting laws just because they disagree with what we have to say. Those who trample on our civil liberties with impunity in pursuit of political supremacy forget that this nation was built on the principle that we all are ‘created equal.’ These unjust laws have nothing to do with stopping the manufactured threat of voter fraud and everything to do with making it harder for more eligible voters to register and vote. Equal participation in our democracy is vital to our civilized way of life. Politicians and elected officials who are passing these discriminatory laws are focused on defeating their opponents, not voter fraud. This decision by the Supreme Court is one that should be celebrated by everyone, regardless of political affiliation. This is truly a victory for the good people of Wisconsin and our shared democratic ideals.”
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued this statement:
"I believe the voter ID law is constitutional, and nothing in the Court's order suggests otherwise. Instead, the Court may have been concerned that even with the extraordinary efforts of the clerks, absentee ballots that were distributed before the 7th Circuit declared the law valid might not be counted. We will be exploring alternatives to address the Court's concern and have voter ID on election day."
One Wisconsin Now has issued this statement on the ruling:
“Gov. Scott Walker’s scheme to rig his election was just blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court. One Wisconsin maintained in its filings with state and federal courts that the state of Wisconsin could not administer photo ID constitutionally. The only fraud in Wisconsin’s elections continues to be partisan politicians like Gov. Walker, who attempt to manipulate the voting laws for political gain.”
LULAC of Wisconsin State Director Dr. Arturo Martinez issued this statement:
“This is a huge victory as over 300,000 registered voters, and countless others who were planning to register for this election. Because of this order from the Supreme Court, they will be allowed to enter the poll booth and participate in our democracy.”
Darryl Morin, LULAC National VP-Midwest, of Wisconsin issued this statement:
“For over 85 years, LULAC has fought to ensure that every voice is heard. From the early days of Jim Crow laws, to poll taxes to school segregation and more, LULAC has been there to ensure equal access to the polls, to education, to economic opportunity and more. This is a proud day for LULAC. It is a great day for our democracy!”
Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO issued this statement:
“The U.S. Supreme Court is correct in ruling that the ill-advised, voter suppressing photo ID law not be implemented weeks before Election Day. Any other decision would have immediately disenfranchised voters in direct conflict with our constitution. While Scott Walker wanted to confuse voters and rig the electorate in his favor, the Supreme Court has sided with the people.”
Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO issued this statement:
“This is a victory for democracy and a defeat for Scott Walker’s shady brand of politics. Gov. Walker’s policies show a pattern of disrespect for citizen rights. Whether it is worker rights, voting rights or women’s rights – Scott Walker is on the wrong side of history. Today’s ruling reaffirms that Walker’s out-of-touch, anti-democracy, anti-worker agenda is wrong for Wisconsin.”
Susan Happ, candidate for Attorney General issued this statement:
“The US Supreme Court’s decision to allow the November 4 election to proceed without requiring voter identification is a victory for common sense, and for the Constitutional right to vote. Trying to implement the law at the last minute was a recipe for chaos and confusion, and would have prevented many eligible Wisconsin voters from casting a ballot. I’m pleased by the decision, and hope the courts ultimately declare this measure unconstitutional.”
Congresswoman Gwen Moore and former Secretary of State Vel Williams are holding a press conference Friday morning, October 10th on the Supreme Court's ruling. That press conference will be held at the DMV Milwaukee Northwest Service Center at 60th and Teutonia.
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