Challenges to the conduct of the Aug. 2 election may have reached a peak Tuesday, July 24. The Shelby County Election Commission admitted a “limited number” of voters in some precincts got early voting ballots that included the wrong district races. Their work on their voter database to include the new boundaries for state legislative and congressional districts approved in Nashville in February began just four days before the end of the early voting period in advance of the Aug. 2 election day. And sometime during the day Tuesday, City Attorney Herman Morris filed a lawsuit in Nashville Federal Court challenging state election officials on their decision not to honor photo library cards as a legal form of photo identification required by state law to vote. The lawsuit alleges violations of the U.S. Constitution including the equal protection clause.
The city’s plaintiff is Daphne Turner-Golden, a Memphis voter who was issued one of the new library cards and attempted to cast her early vote at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church using the library card as identification. Her complaint alleges “she was refused a ballot and was discouraged from casting a provisional ballot.”