TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Dec 23, 2015

A ruling Monday by U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger upheld Tennessee's voter ID law prohibiting the use of student identification cards at the polls, The Tennessean reports. Judge Trauger granted the state’s request to dismiss the case brought by students in March. "Under the Tennessee Voter ID Law, everyone is required to obtain some form of acceptable photo identification in order to vote," Trauger wrote in the memo. "Students, like everyone else, can select among a state-issued driver license, a United States passport, or the free, state-issued non-driver identification card. … It does not automatically follow that not allowing them to use their student identification cards imposes a severe burden or otherwise abridges their right to vote."