Justice Dept. to Monitor Shelby, Davidson Voting

U.S. Justice Department officials will monitor the polls in Nashville and Memphis during Tuesday’s election, the department announced Friday.
From the Tennessean:
Davidson and Shelby counties are two of 51 jurisdictions in 23 states where the nation’s top law-enforcement agency plans to station more than 780 federal observers and department personnel.
The Justice Department news release does not say why Davidson was chosen. Davidson County Election Administrator Albert Tieche said it was related to the training poll workers received last month — first reported by The Tennessean — on how to challenge the voting rights of people they believe may not be U.S. citizens.
Asked if he had instructed poll workers to be more careful about applying the law that allows for such challenges, Tieche said, “No, because they’ve never applied it before in the past.”
Tennessee also is in its first year of requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls.
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Thursday that voters in Shelby County, where Memphis is located, can use city-issued library cards as a valid photo ID. That ruling applies to Shelby County only

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