Very few use controversial library card to vote early

Few voters using library cards as I.D.

(WMC-TV) - So far, more than 150,000 people have already cast their vote for the 2012 election in Shelby County.

How many of those voters used the controversial library I.D. card to vote? The answer to that question may surprise you.

"People have just recognized the convenience of early voting," said Richard Holden, Shelby County elections administrator. "The ability to go to any early voting site and we have 21 sites around the county, so it's just more convenient in people's schedules to go vote early."

Much has been made about voter photo I.D.'s in the 2012 election. Currently, people with a Memphis library card can vote but state leaders are contesting that decision.

It has not been much of an issue at the polls, in fact, out of all the people who have early voted in Shelby County, so far just five used Memphis library cards as photo identification.

People who are using the library card as a form of photo I.D. are being given a paper provisional ballot. This is to keep track of how people voted, in case the judge's decision about the library card validity is appealed.

Early voting ends Thursday, November 1. Election leaders predict about the same amount of people voting will vote in Shelby County this year compared to four years ago.

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