Hearing Today on Library Card IDs

U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger was to hold a hearing at 3 p.m. today on the city of Memphis’ second application for a preliminary injunction prohibiting state officials from blocking use of library photo identification cards for voting purposes. Tennessee law now requires a photo ID for voters and specifies which federal and state government-issued IDs are valid. The law does not allow IDs issued by local governments and does not explicitly authorize library cards, which the city of Memphis began issuing to those without other photo ID. Last week, U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp – sitting in for Trauger – denied the city's request for a temporary restraining order. For today’s hearing, Trauger asked for more information, including the library's rules for issuing the cards. The Commercial Appeal has more