TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 25, 2012

The state Court of Appeals this afternoon upheld the constitutionality of Tennessee's voter-photo identification law and ordered that new photo library cards issued in Memphis be accepted for voting by otherwise qualified, registered voters. According to the Commercial Appeal, the order is a partial victory for the City of Memphis. While its new library cards were approved for voting purposes, the city also had sought to have the underlying law ruled unconstitutional on grounds that it added a qualification for voting beyond the four listed in the Tennessee Constitution. The court disagreed with that reasoning, finding that the constitution gives the legislature authority to enact laws to "protect the purity of the ballot box." Download the appeals court’s opinion and order to remand