Judge Declines to OK Library Cards as Valid ID

U.S. District Court Judge Kevin H. Sharp yesterday shot down an attempt by the City of Memphis to force the Shelby County Election Commission to accept library photo ID cards as valid identification for voting. The election commission, at State Election Coordinator Mark Goins' direction, has refused to accept the library cards. Sharp said he agreed with Memphis officials' concerns that the new photo ID requirement makes it more difficult to vote but said he's "not convinced that the city fixed the problem" by having the public library issue photo ID cards. A full hearing on the issue is set for Aug. 2 before U.S. District Court Judge Aleta A. Trauger. Read more in the Commercial Appeal