August 2, 2014

Tennessee Supreme Court Rules Memphis Library Cards Can Be Used at the Polls

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From The Tennesseean:

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that photo ID cards issued by the Memphis Public Library qualify as a valid form of identification in Tuesday’s election.

In a statement, state election officials said Memphis residents will be allowed to use library-issued IDs in next week’s election. The ruling applies only to voters within Shelby County.

“For 94 out of 95 Tennessee counties, today’s order from the court will have no impact,” State Election Coordinator Mark Goins said in a statement. “State- or federally-issued photo IDs are the only forms of identification that will be accepted.”

After Tuesday’s presidential election, the high court will take up the question of whether the state’s new voter ID law is constitutional.

Last week, a state appeals court upheld the state’s new voter ID law as constitutional. The court also found that IDs issued by Shelby County libraries qualify as government-issued identification.

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See Also: After Courts Reject Library Card as Voter ID, Memphis Appeals Requirement (by Bob Warburton; October 9, 2012)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.