Photo identification for voting in Memphis has changed, again, and the restrictions are even tighter.
Tennessee State legislators have passed a new law in the session that just ended. The Secretary of State is applauding the strengthening of the voter ID law.
The new version of the bill says no identifications issued by municipalities are allowed when voting in an election. Voters may no longer use identification issued by other states as well.
The laws spearheaded and passed by Republicans are designed to prevent voter fraud.
The photo library card Memphians were allowed to use during the 2012 presidential election will no longer be allowed. The city of Memphis issued library cards with pictures on them for voters to use. The idea was that it would be easier to get to a neighborhood library to get a photo ID than a DMV office to get a license or state identification.
The state said the identifications were unacceptable. Memphis sued and lost, then appealed and won, and the IDs were allowed. Now the state is fighting back by changing the law.
This law was a direct response to the court of appeal ruling that allowed the photo library cards.