Tennessee Supreme Court upholds Voter ID Act - WSMV Channel 4

Tennessee Supreme Court upholds Voter ID Act

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The Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously declined to overturn the Voter ID Act in a recent court case involving two Shelby County voters.

The Act passed in 2011 requires voters to present government-issued photographic identification in order to cast a ballot in state or federal elections.  The Act does allow several acceptable form of ID.  

In response to the new law, the City of Memphis Public Library began issuing photographic identification cards to its patrons. Two Shelby County residents attempted to vote in the August 2012 primary using their library cards but were turned away by election officials.

 

On April 23, 2013, the General Assembly amended the Voter Identification Act so that cards issued by municipal libraries were specifically excluded as valid identification.

The Court held that the version of the Act in effect at the time of the 2012 primary election met constitutional standards, concluding that the legislature has the prerogative to enact laws guarding against the potential risk of voter fraud and determining that the additional requirements placed on voters were not so severe as to violate protections set out in the Tennessee Constitution.

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