Should a College ID Allow You to Vote? Tennessee GOP Senators Disagree

Mar 7, 2013

A Republican-led push to use college IDs to vote in Tennessee was held up on the floor of the state Senate Thursday, as a disagreement has broken out between GOP lawmakers over the issue.

The legislation comes from a Rutherford County lawmaker, home to the largest undergraduate student body in the state. And while Senator Bill Ketron refused to accept student IDs when the law was passed two years ago, he’s now had a change of heart.

Senator Stacy Campfield of Knoxville has not.

“You know, I hate to say it, but possibly in my younger days I may have known a person or two who had a falsified college ID,” said Campfield.

Campfield’s objections ended up putting off the bill for a week.

The proposal would also clarify that library cards with a photo are not allowed for voting purposes. The state Supreme Court intervened before the last election and let voters in Memphis use their library cards. The high court is still deliberating on a final decision.

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