Deadline Today For Response From City On Voter ID Controversy

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(Memphis) Attorneys for the City of Memphis have until Noon today to respond to an appeal by the state, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Friday, the state filed an appeal to stop the use of the city issued library photo cards to be used as a valid form of I.D. to vote.

Thursday the court of appeals ruled the I.D. was acceptable.

City of Memphis Attorney Herman Morris said the state is just trying to suppress the minority vote.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett disagreed.

“If you bring a library card to come vote with, you’re given a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot is marked that you came with a library card,” said Hargett. “So regardless of what the supreme court decides, we will be able to handle those ballots correctly.”

Hargett said more than 700,000 people have participated in early voting and about 70 of those had cast provisional ballots.

Those who cast the provisional ballots must bring a valid photo I.D. within two days after the November election in order for the vote to be counted.

Early voting ends Thursday. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.