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Voter ID changes to get airing at Sunday forum

In response to the recent passage of Senate Bill No. 16, the Political Action Committee of the Memphis Branch NAACP will hold a meeting for concerned citizens at 4 p.m. on Sunday. In response to the recent passage of Senate Bill No. 16, the Political Action Committee of the Memphis Branch NAACP will hold a meeting for concerned citizens at 4 p.m. on Sunday (July 17) at Mt. Olive CME Cathedral Church at 528 Linden at Lauderdale.

The committee will share its reaction to the bill, which changes voting requirements for all residents. The NAACP and Memphis Urban League are hosting the forum to engage the community and elected officials in a discussion around this issue.

Invited guests include, members of the State Election Commission, the Shelby County Election Commission, State Rep. Curry Todd, State Sen. Dolores Gresham, State Sen. Brian Kelsey, State Sen. Beverly Marrero, Department of Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Shelby County Commission Chairman Sidney Chism.

“We are concerned about how Tennessee plans to provide accessible photo identification for all of its citizens, especially the indigent, disabled and less than able and to ensure that the community is fully informed of the changes in voting procedures,” said Madeleine Taylor, executive director, Memphis Branch NAACP.

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