Tennessee Supreme Court Denies Voter ID Challenge

Oct 18, 2013

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The Tennessee Supreme Court declined to overturn the state’s voter identification law that the city of Memphis and two voters challenged last year.

Shelby County residents Daphne Turner-Golden and Sullistine Bell argued the law requiring voters to present government-issued photo IDs in state or federal elections was unconstitutional. The two voters went to the polls for the August 2012 primary with their Memphis Public Library cards but were turned away.

The trial court ruled against them, but the Court of Appeals ruled the library cards were acceptable and that the photo ID requirement was constitutional.

State lawmakers amended the law in April so that municipal library cards were excluded as valid voter ID.