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Texas Voter ID On Fast Track to SCOTUS

Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog has a post on the Texas voter ID case.  This case falls into that very limited class of cases governed by the old rules going back to the Judiciary Act of 1789.  The trial court is a three-judge court, and the nonprevailing party can get review in the Supreme Court by an appeal, not a writ of certiorari.  The difference is not merely technical.  If the Supreme Court decides it has jurisdiction, it has to take the case for decision on the merits.  For the bulk of cases reviewed on certiorari, the high court turns down ~99% without a decision on the merits.

Texas wants its case reviewed before state elections in May and September of 2013.  I doubt that May is possible.  Maybe September.

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