State to Appeal Part of Voter ID Ruling

The decision to allow library cards as proof of identity for Memphis voters is being challenged in the Tennessee Supreme Court, The Commercial Appeal reports. State election officials said they planned to ask the court today to overturn the portion of Thursday's Court of Appeals ruling that ordered the Shelby County Election Commission to begin accepting photo ID cards issued by the county library as proof of identification for voting. Following the ruling, the secretary of state directed the Shelby County administrator of elections to allow properly registered voters who present the library photo ID to vote, but said they should be given provisional ballots, which could be disqualified if the Supreme Court stays or overturns the decision. Officials in Memphis pointed out, however, that the appeals court made no mention of provisional ballots.