Senate to Press for Allowing Student IDs to Vote

Mar 26, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —  The Tennessee House has passed an updated version of the state’s controversial voter photo ID bill.

The House approved the new measure on a 65-30 vote Monday evening. Last week a House committee removed public university student photo ID from the measure’s list of approved voter ID.

Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin says he worries about the integrity of student documents.

“One of the things that our students – and I was one at one time – can very masterfully doctor and change and create. And so, if that becomes an accepted ID, we’re gonna’ have to look at way to make sure it cannot be corrupted.”

The state Senate passed it’s version of the voter photo ID bill earlier this month. The Senate measure does permit the use of student IDs at the polls.

The Senate bill’s sponsor, Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro, notes that the upper chamber overwhelmingly rejected efforts to take student IDs out of the bill. Ketron says intends to press the matter in conference committee.

Both versions of the proposal eliminate library cards as valid voter ID.