The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in a case that could allow states to require voters to present a photo ID to cast a ballot.
The court heard arguments over whether a new law to require photo identification for certain elections violates the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which bars the states from enacting laws to restrict voting.
A three-judge panel from the U.K. lower court had earlier ruled that the photo ID requirement violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause, which says “equal protection under the law shall not be violated on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
The ruling came a week after a panel of the U:S.
Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the law in a lower court.
The court’s decision was expected, but could not be immediately determined.
The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups who say that the law would make voting even more difficult, leading to higher voter turnout.