State election coordinator responds to city of Memphis action

Apparently, Memphis voters will actually not be able to use library-issued IDs when they show up to vote.

From a release just put out by state election coordinator Mark Goins:

Division of Elections Reminds Voters Only State and Federally Issued Photo IDs Are Acceptable For Voting Purposes

Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins stated today that only state or federally issued photo IDs will be acceptable when voting in person, whether early or on Election Day. Recent information being disseminated in Shelby County incorrectly stated that a library card issued by a city government would be accepted.

“The legislature clearly intended that only state or federal photo IDs can be used, which prevents us from accepting county or city IDs,” said Coordinator Goins. “Our office remains ready to assist any voter with questions about how they may obtain a free photo ID for voting from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.”

Examples of acceptable forms of ID, whether current or expired, include driver licenses, U.S. passports, Department of Safety photo ID cards, U.S. military photo IDs and other state or federal government photo ID cards. College student IDs are not acceptable. Nowhere in the photo ID law is a city or county ID listed as an example of an acceptable ID.

For more information, please visit www.GoVoteTN.com or call the Division of Elections toll-free at 1-877-850-4959.

Earlier today, Tenn. State Sen. Jim Kyle released a statement supporting the idea of using library-issued ID cards, saying “I believe that this will help us assure that we don’t lose some folks who may not have a photo driver’s license, but still have the right to participate .”

The Memphis City Attorney issued an opinion that, because the libraries are an entity of the state, photo IDs issued by the libraries would fall under the law’s definition of state-issued identification.

Comments

  1. Wintermute says:

    Herman should not engage in stretching language to fit the mindless hysteria over proper maintenance of voter rolls. And Kyle, you know what to do if you think a library card should be accepted: get the votes in the General Assembly.

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