Two New Challenges to Tennessee's Voter Photo ID Law

Oct 4, 2012

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.

WMSM-TV reports that in a second challenge to the law, mid-state civil rights attorney George Barrett is asking the state Court of Appeals to review his case against the ID law no later than Oct. 12.

Barrett also wants the state to drop the photo ID requirement as a condition for voting.

Early voting is set to begin in Tennessee the middle of October.