Tenn. Supreme Court hears arguments on voter ID

The Tennessee Supreme Court has heard arguments from the city of Memphis and its residents challenging the state

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2012 file photo People pass the signs telling of the requirement for voters to show an acceptable photo ID to vote as they head into the the Penndot Drivers License Center in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Supreme Court has heard arguments from the city of Memphis and its residents challenging the state's voter ID law.

Memphis and two of its residents sued the state of Tennessee to force election officials to accept Memphis library cards as identification at the polls. The state attorney general's office argued during Wednesday's oral arguments the law requires either a state-issued photo ID, federal identification or an ID issued from another state.

Janet M. Kleinfelter, from the Attorney General's office, also argued that the law was not so onerous that it would deprive people of the right to vote.

But attorneys representing Memphis contend the law makes it too difficult for some people to vote, including 650 people have not had their votes counted in the last two elections because they lacked the proper identification.

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