Court to Expedite ID Law; City Issues ‘Cease and Desist'

The Tennessee Supreme Court  will expedite the state's challenge to last week’s ruling that the city of Memphis had standing to challenge the constitutionality of the state's voter-photo ID act, and that photo ID cards issued by the Memphis Public Library are acceptable for voting. The state also asked for a stay to halt the use of library cards, but the court was silent on that point. Yesterday, the city of Memphis sent a “cease and desist” letter to Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper demanding that his office instruct state election officials to tell local election commissioners they must accept photo library cards as valid identification. City officials say that state election officials are requiring library ID holders to vote with provisional ballots.