Appeals court to take up Tenn. voter ID case

6:59 PM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to the new photo identification law.

The court on Thursday set arguments in the case for Oct. 18, the day after early voting begins for the general election. The order says the case is being expedited because of the Nov. 6 election.

The city of Memphis and two residents are fighting the law, claiming it will disenfranchise nearly 400,000 people who don't have government-issued photo IDs, including more than 100,000 voters over the age of 60. Their lawsuit also seeks to force the state to accept photo ID issued by the Memphis library system.

Courts in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin have blocked similar laws at least for this year. Mississippi is also delaying its voter ID law.

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