TN Supreme Court agrees to hear Secretary of State's appeal on voter ID ruling

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 9:53am

With less than a week before the Nov. 6 election, the state’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal from the state challenging a lower court’s ruling on Tennessee’s voter ID law.

The court also ordered the state to require election officials in Shelby County give regular ballots to voters using library IDs to prove their identity to vote, saying “the right to vote has profound constitutional significance.”

The state was previously requiring voters there to cast votes with provisional ballots which may or may not be counted.

State officials in the Secretary of State’s office appealed the last week’s Court of Appeals ruling that the state must accept library ID cards with photos as adequate state-issued ID because the Memphis Public Library is a state entity.

“We continue to believe the General Assembly clearly intended for only state- or federally issued photo IDs to be valid for the purposes of identifying voters and remain confident the Supreme Court will confirm our interpretation,” said Mark Goins, the state elections coordinator.

A typical case before the Supreme Court would take three months to hand down, according to a court spokeswoman, making it unlikely the court will both hear and rule on the case prior to Tuesday’s election.

“I’m not saying it’s impossible,” said Michele Wojciechowski. “If we’re looking at a matter of three days before election day, that will put it in perspective for you.”

6 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 11/1/12 at 11:50

They should have decided whether they would hear the case within 2 days of
receiving the appeal. The only real question is city issued photo library cards.
Lots of opportunity for fraud with those, plus expense to small towns that
couldn't afford to issue same. Just another Memphis scam to run their own
scandalous elections like the Chicago crowd runs theirs.

By: pswindle on 11/1/12 at 1:09

Let the people vote as they have always voted. There was not enought fraud to even mention it. This was for vote suppression.

By: Ask01 on 11/1/12 at 1:17

I agree with pswindle.

The scam is wearing thin. The Republicans need to contemplate the possibilities of the Democrats returning to power, since political fortunes are fleeting.

Revenge will be on the minds of the victorious Democrats and those who endured indignities such as this debacle.

There will be payback.

By: Jughead on 11/2/12 at 7:36

It makes perfect sense to require proper ID to cast a vote--except to democrats who see their perennial smurf votes vanishing. Not surprising that liberals scream like teenagers when their fraudulent votes are in jeopardy.

By: Badbob on 11/4/12 at 7:51

Isn't it interesting Jughead, that election fraud has centered around Republicans?

Election commissions determine if somebody should vote. Then they put you on the role for life. We shouldn't have to prove it every election.

By: whitegravy on 11/5/12 at 2:32

If your an AMERICAN citizen that PAYS TAXES, then you should have the right to vote point black,........instead of this vote denial b.s. that the powers that be use to TWEAK elections in a certain parties or persons favor.....we in the general populace have little enough power over the course of national, state or even local matters...... im quite sure that all those poor itenerate farmers and such back when we got the vote, didnt have picture i.d.s, and the country got better regardless...... its one more right being taken away from the poor...........the politicians are forever putting some spin on our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS for their own selfish ends, and i for one have little or no confidence in any of them.......vote suppression smaks of just another dirty political trick