Texas begins early voting with photo ID law intact

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Early voting is starting in Texas and elections officials will enforce voter ID after the U.S. Supreme Court let the contested law remain in place.

Polls open Monday and early voting runs through Oct. 31. This will be the highest-turnout election in Texas under a strict voter ID measure that a federal judge this month found unconstitutional.

But the Supreme Court this weekend gave Texas permission to still require one of seven forms of photo identification. The court offered no explanation for its decision.

The U.S. Justice Department says roughly 600,000 voters lack an acceptable form of ID. Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has called that estimate flawed.

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Abbott is running for governor. Democrat Wendy Davis, his underdog opponent, plans to cast her ballot Monday morning in Fort Worth.