TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Brittany Sims on Feb 28, 2014

Starting next week, voters in Tennessee and nine other states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots in primary elections — the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting. This year, new or stricter photo-identification voting laws take effect in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Tennessee. The debut of the new laws in a few smaller-scale elections over the last year has exposed some problems, such as mismatched names, confusion over absentee voting provisions and rules that require voters to travel great distances to obtain proper documentation, Knoxnews reports from the Associated Press.