Shelby County Must Accept Library Photo Cards as Voter ID Immediately

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(Nashville, TN) The Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered the Secretary of State and the State Coordinator of Elections to immediately direct the Shelby County Election Commission to accept city-issued library cards as valid photo identification at the polls.

The state previously told the Shelby County Election Commission to allow voters using library cards to vote on provisional ballots after an Appeals Court ruling allowing the library cards to be used as ID.

But attorneys for the City of Memphis asked the Supreme Court to treat those voters like any others, allowing them to cast standard ballots.

The Tennessee Supreme Court sided with the City of Memphis on that issue, but has not yet held a hearing on the validity of the city-issued library cards as voter ID.

To read the Tennessee Supreme Court’s ruling, click here.

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