Cohen Looks to Expand Voter ID Access

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, introduced legislation yesterday to expand the number of places where people could obtain the photo identification required for voting in Tennessee, the Tennessean reports. The bill, known as the Voter ID Accessibility Act, would amend the nation’s “motor voter law” by ensuring that state and federal offices that already let visitors register to vote would also tell them about state voter ID requirements and give them the chance to obtain a free ID. According to the Commercial Appeal, the legislation serves as an effort to circumvent the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that upholds the state’s Voter ID law and bans the use of Memphis library-issued photo identification cards.