Bill would let students use college IDs to vote

6:39 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Sen. Bill Ketron has filed legislation that would allow student identification issued by state higher education institutions to be used for voting purposes.

The Murfreesboro Republican is expected to present the proposal in the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday.

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.

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