The U.S. Supreme Court halted a sweeping voter ID law Friday as the administration’s appeal against the ruling in the DC Court of Appeals was winding its way through the lower courts.
The court also blocked a Trump administration order that would have prevented the states from passing stricter voter ID laws.
The ruling came after the Trump Justice Department sued to block a ruling from the appeals court on Monday that would allow the states to enforce the voter ID rules.
A panel of the court on Friday said it would issue a decision by June 7 on the appeal.
The decision in favor of Trump’s lawsuit came in a 6-3 ruling, with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissenting.
In a statement, the court said it “strongly disagrees with the District Court’s decision” to deny the appeal and will issue a ruling on the matter in the next several days.
“The court today upholds the District’s right to decide whether or not to issue a stay, which is in line with the constitutional process, and it denies the states’ request for a stay,” the statement said.
The states had asked the court to order the federal government to halt implementation of the voter identification laws, which require a photo ID at the polls to vote.
The Trump administration and many Republicans in Congress, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said they would defend the law.
The federal judge in Washington, D.C., who heard the case, said the law was likely to have an impact on voting in the District.
The Justice Department also said in a statement that the ruling “makes clear that states may not enforce ID requirements on their own citizens unless they receive an order from the federal courts.”
The president said he is “deeply disappointed” with the ruling and said he will fight it.
“This ruling by the D.D.C. Circuit Court of appeals, along with the court’s earlier decisions in other key cases, are the final word in a partisan election-rigging scheme that has already been fully discovered and exposed,” the president said in the statement.
The administration’s challenge against the lower court ruling comes just months after the Supreme Court blocked a lower court’s order that blocked the federal District of Columbia from implementing a voter ID requirement in November 2016.
The case came as the Trump White House announced that it would appeal a federal court ruling that upheld the new law.