Voters with library ID getting provisional ballots

Voters with library ID getting provisional ballots

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By ADRIAN SAINZ
Associated Press

MEMPHIS (AP) - A Shelby County election official says voters who are showing up at polls with only a Memphis library card as their photo identification are being given provisional ballots.

Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Robert Meyers said Monday that he's working to find out how many voters have been given provisional ballots after showing their Memphis library card during early voting ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

The state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a new law requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls is constitutional but also said the library card qualifies as a government-issued photo ID.

State election officials filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court on Friday, arguing that the Memphis library ID should not be allowed because it wasn't issued by state government.

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