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8:58pm

Wed October 10, 2012
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Campus "Wake Up and Vote Early" Campaign Launched

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Several mid-state advocacy groups have joined forces to promote a get-out-the-college-vote campaign for the upcoming presidential election.

The groups are calling the effort “Wake Up and Vote Early” or W.A.V.E. The plan is to get students to participate in a mass, early vote on October 20. Students from Vanderbilt, Fisk and MTSU are already involved in the project.

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12:47pm

Thu October 4, 2012
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Two New Challenges to Tennessee's Voter Photo ID Law

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City of Memphis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s new voter photo ID law is facing two new legal challenges.

Memphis officials are appealing a Nashville judge's ruling on the state requirement of photo identification for voting.

According to The Commercial Appeal, attorneys for the City of Memphis filed an appeal late Wednesday with the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

The city claims the new requirement is a violation of the state constitution.

Memphis is asking for an emergency appeal and lawyers hope for an expedited ruling.

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12:27pm

Thu September 27, 2012
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Barrett Loses Another Tennessee Voter Photo ID Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge in Nashville has upheld Tennessee's voter identification statute.

The Tennessean reports that after about three hours of oral arguments yesterday, Judge Carol McCoy ruled against civil rights attorney George Barrett in the case. Barrett contended the state constitution requires only proof of legal age, residency and registration to vote.

The judge responded that voting procedures have evolved over the years and the legislature can enact laws that secure what the court termed "the purity of the ballot box."

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10:51am

Thu May 31, 2012
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Tenn. Voter Photo ID Law Still Stirring Debate

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s voter photo ID law is almost a year old, but the new requirements are still stirring controversy.

The measure will be the subject of what organizers are calling a "Voter Suppression Town Hall Meeting" planned for Thursday evening in Nashville.

Passed by the Republican controlled Tennessee legislature last June, the new law requires that voters present a state or federal photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot.

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