|Published: 8:10 PM, 04/26/2013
||Last updated: 8:21 PM, 04/26/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
The General Assembly amended
Tennessee's voter photo identification law during its recently-concluded legislative session.
Amendments sponsored by Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Susan Lynn
(R-Mount Juliet) seek to clarify and strengthen the law that was successfully implemented during
the 2012 election cycle.
Voters may no longer use photo IDs issued by
other states as acceptable forms of identification when voting in person. This change
mirrors similar laws in other states, including Indiana. Indiana's photo ID law has been upheld by
the United States Supreme Court.
The amendments also clarify the
General Assembly's original intent in passing the law by explicitly excluding photo IDs issued by
counties and municipalities. These changes took effect when the amended law was signed by
Gov. Bill Haslam this week.
For more details,
please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.
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