The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
Opponents of Wisconsin's voter ID law fell just short Friday of getting a full federal appeals court to reconsider their recent loss in the case before a panel of judges.
On Sept. 12, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled that Wisconsin could implement the law for this Nov. 4 election. The law requires voters to show a photo ID in order to vote.
Those suing over the law asked the full, 10-member court to reverse that decision and came just one vote shy of getting the full 7th Circuit to hold a hearing on the case. The members of the court split 5-5 on whether to hold the hearing, which means that the request did not get a majority of votes and fails as a result.
"In the coming days, members of the court may file opinions explaining their votes," the order from the 7th Circuit reads.
Friday's order marked only the latest in a series of legal hurdles cleared — though at times narrowly — by the state's voter ID law. The law was also upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a pair of rulings last month.
There is a chance that the U.S. Supreme Court could yet consider the matter.