State Court Of Appeals Upholds State Voter ID Law

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Tennessee Court of Appeals, acting in a Memphis case, has upheld the constitutionality of the state's controversial law that requires voters to display a photo ID.

However, the appeals court overturned two other rulings by Chancellor Carol McCoy.

She had ruled the law constitutional, but said two people who cast provisional ballots in the August election did not have standing to bring the suit. She said a photo card was the Memphis Public Law but was not valid for voting.

The appeals court said the two voters did have standing.

It was also ruled that the library card was sufficient.

The ruling can be read here and here.

Representative Debra Maggart (R—Hendersonville), who authored the voter ID requirement in Tennessee, released the following statement on Thursday’s decision:
 
“While I am encouraged our law was ruled constitutional, the fact the Court decided to add to it is disappointing.
 
“Since 2006, this legislation has been a priority of mine. I have worked with my colleagues to develop a law that is both constitutional and narrow in scope that protects the integrity of the ballot box here in Tennessee.
 
“Not only has the Court gone beyond the clear intent of the law by allowing library cards, it has also created an exception for the city of Memphis that falls below the standard for the rest of Tennessee. This is the definition of ‘legislating from the bench’ and, frankly, is unacceptable.
 

“Tennesseans overwhelmingly support a common sense photo identification requirement that ensures the person issued the ID is, in fact, a citizen of Tennessee. Since the library system is not equipped to verify an individual’s legal status, the Court has purposefully undermined the will of Tennesseans with today’s decision.”

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney responded to the Tennessee Court of Appeals decision on Twitter. He said, "In its infinite wisdom legislating from the bench, the Tennessee Appeals Court has added library cards to Voter ID Law. What's next - Sam's card?"


 


Bradley County Republican Party Passes Resolution Opposing Property Tax Line

The Bradley County Republican Party Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution opposing the efforts by some county commissioners to seek a property tax rate hike. Adam Lewis, BCRP chairman said, “After last fall’s election we were very proud of the fact that 100% of the commissioners were now Republicans. The party was very active in a number of campaigns to help ... (click for more)

TBI Seeking Public's Help In Identifying Body Found In Monroe County Creek

Special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman whose body was found in a creek in Monroe County  Wednesday  night. At the request of 10 th  District Attorney General Steve Crump, TBI special agents, in a joint investigation with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, responded to a report of ... (click for more)

Police Need To Stop The Road Cowboys - And Response (2)

Where is our highway patrol?  If they were known to regularly patrol our interstate highways through our city I don't think it would take long before the "truckers" were aware of it.  There are places in our country where this is the case.   When I have traveled Interstates 24 and 75 I may see the occasional car pulled over but rarely if ever is it an 18-wheeler. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Never Disturb The Dead

I’ve got too many things in my life that scare me so I’ve always been real leery of “unnecessary fear.” A guy named Terry wanted to teach me how to catch a live rattlesnake one time but had a tough time telling me what exactly to do with the angry serpent when the time came to let it go. I have the same view of these paranormal societies where otherwise sane people go around looking ... (click for more)

Weather Prevails As Ridgeside, Red Bank Ends In A Draw

The Red Bank Gators and the Ridgeside Dolphins were supposed to swim each other for the second time in three days, but the overall winner was the weather man. The meet had not yet reached the midway point when lightning, thunder and heavy rain caused a delay with Ridgeside leading 165-156 following the medley relays. After a discussion with the respective pool reps, coaches ... (click for more)

Chattanooga FC Playing For Division Championship Saturday

The Chattanooga Football Club final home game will be played this Saturday.    With a 4-2 win over the Knoxville Force, Chattanooga controls its own destiny for a 1st place division finish when it faces off against that Nashville FC this Saturday, July 4 at Finley Stadium.  A win secures the division championship for the CFC with a home-field advantage for the ... (click for more)