New legislation to be proposed

POSTED: 10:10 PM Mar 04 2013   UPDATED: 3:55 PM Mar 04 2013
Nashville, Tenn. -

Tennessee senator Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro has filed legislation that would allow student identification issued by state higher education institutions to be used for voting purposes.

Ketron said the legislation clears up any confusion regarding locally issued cards that he said were not supposed to be allowed under the original law passed two years ago. He said that includes library cards issued by local governments.

The city of Memphis and two residents sued the state last year after election officials refused to accept a city-issued library card with a photo as voter identification.

The Tennessee court of appeals has upheld the state voter ID law as constitutional but also allowed Memphis residents to use the library card as identification to vote.