TN Voter ID Lawsuit Possible

A requirement that Tennessee voters show photographic identification could be challenged in a lawsuit.

Unless or until there is legislative or court action to change the statute that took effect Jan. 1, it remains the law. Tennessee Election Coordinator Mark Goins said his office anticipates voters will be required to show a photo ID when they go to the polls for the March primary elections, according to The Tennessean.

A legislative reversal seems unlikely, despite a petition drive that calls on the General Assembly to repeal the law.

Nashville attorney Gerard Stranch said the law has a disparate effect on minorities. An issue is whether the statute adversely affects African-American voters who have special protections under federal election law.