Lawmakers in the Tennessee House of Representatives dropped a proposal to let college students use their campus identification cards at the polls. The House Local Government Committee amended a bill Tuesday to strip out language that would have let students at public colleges and universities in Tennessee show their IDs to vote. The decision put the House at odds with the Senate, which agreed to accept college IDs at the polls just last week. State Rep. Susan Lynn, the measure’s sponsor, said she agreed to the amendment after consulting with committee members and the co-sponsor, state Sen. Bill Ketron.
“I could tell the committee really was not favorable” to college IDs, said Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet. “I went and talked to the Senate sponsor. … He was OK with” the amendment.
House Bill 229 would rewrite portions of the voter ID law passed just two years ago to exclude the use of out-of-state driver’s licenses at the polls. It also would prohibit the use of photo IDs issued by local governments, a change that would appear to invalidate the special library cards the city of Memphis has issued to some of its residents for voting.