On Sept. 27, Davidson County Chancellor Carol McCoy ruled against the lawsuit, which names the city of Memphis and two voters as plaintiffs. McCoy rejected their argument that the Tennessee Constitution prohibits this restriction on voting.
Our constitution declares "there shall be no other qualification" placed on voters other than the four stated: at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Tennessee and registered in the county of residence. Nevertheless, McCoy ruled “voting procedures have evolved” and requiring picture IDs isn’t such a burden that it becomes unconstitutional. She didn’t directly address the contention that the Republican Party is using the law to suppress the votes of minorities, the elderly and the young.
The lawsuit estimates 390,000 registered voters don’t have the photo IDs they need to vote in this election in Tennessee.