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City of Memphis Amends Voter ID Lawsuit

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The City of Memphis is making good on its promise to fight against the state's voter ID law.

Just two days before last week's election, a circuit judge denied the city's request that library cards be considered a valid photo ID for voters. But that same judge left a window open in her opinion that the city is now taking advantage of.

The lawsuit filed and knocked down in federal court last week has now been amended to challenge the constitutionality of the Tennessee photo ID law.

The contention is that the state's photo ID law violates the Tennessee constitution because no where in the constitution is a provision that calls for this sort of voter verification at the polls.

Attorney Herman Morris, in this lawsuit, claims that more than 300,000 people could be left out of the election process in this state if the voter ID law is upheld.

There's no word yet on when U.S. Dist. Judge Aleta Trauger will take up this new portion of the case.

But, Morris did say that he is pushing the courts to expedite this process at both the state and federal levels. He's optimistic that what can take months, or even years to go through the court system, could only take weeks.

Even then, there might not be a ruling in time for the November 6 election.

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