Republicans are declaring victory, after a federal appeals court ruled that the state’s voter ID law be in place for the November election. The 5th Circuit’s ruling means that Texans will need to bring one of seven forms of acceptable identification to cast a ballot.

Last week, a federal court in Corpus Christi declared the state’s voter ID law unconstitutional, likening it to a modern day poll tax.
Today’s ruling does not deal with the merits of the law itself, which is still under appeal.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor, had requested that SB 14 remain in effect for this election, while the state appeals the lower court’s ruling. Tuesday, the appeals court agreed. The ruling reads, in part:

“This is not a run-of-the-mill case; instead, it is a voting case decided on the eve of the election. The judgment substantially disturbs the election process of the State of Texas just nine days before early voting begins. Thus, the value of preserving the status quo here is much higher than in most other contexts.”

The appeals court also cited U.S. Supreme Court cases where the justices have been hesitant to “allow such eleventh-hour judicial changes to election laws.”