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Wed August 1, 2012
Ruling on Tennessee Voter Identification
A federal lawsuit to allow voters to use photo ID's issued by Memphis’ public library has been denied. U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp originally denied the city’s request for a temporary injunction ordering the election commission to accept the library ID's. At a second hearing in Nashville yesterday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger ruled the library identification cannot be used as valid voter ID's. Trauger said ID's are only valid if they are issued by the state, not county or cities. Trauger did express frustration with the law. She said it doesn’t make sense that expired hunting licenses from another state can be used as a valid ID but photo ID's from public libraries are invalid.