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State will appeal Voter ID ruling

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -

By ADRIAN SAINZ and LUCAS JOHNSON II

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee election officials are going to ask the state Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that upholds the new photo identification requirement for voting but orders them to accept an ID issued by the Memphis public library. 

The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the law was constitutional but it also said the library card qualified as a government-issued photo ID. 

Secretary of State Tre Hargett praised much of the ruling but said an appeal will be filed Friday to contest the library photo ID provision. 

The city of Memphis and two voters who lacked photo ID and cast provisional ballots during the August primary sued to stop the law. Hargett said the appeal filing will stay the order that election officials accept the library card.

EARLIER STORY:

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has upheld the state's new law requiring voters to show photo identification at polling places and ruled that election officials must accept an ID issued by the Memphis library.

A three-judge panel of the court ruled unanimously Thursday in a case brought by the city of Memphis and two voters who lacked photo ID and cast provisional ballots during the August primary.

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Judges expedited the ruling because early voting for the November 6 election is under way.

The opinion said the identification requirement is allowed under the state constitution and the cost of obtaining a birth certificate to get a photo ID doesn't amount to a poll tax.

It overruled a lower court by finding that the library cards qualify as government-issued identification.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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