The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state’s Voter ID Act that requires photo identification to be presented at the polls. In an opinion written by Chief Justice Gary Wade issued Thursday, the state’s highest court ruled that the state’s legislature has the authority to take the necessary steps to protect elections against voter fraud. In ruling against lawsuits brought by the city of Memphis and two Shelby County voters, the justices said requiring a photo ID is not an unfair burden on any segment of the population. The citizen plaintiffs claimed the law creates an undue burden on poor or elderly residents who do not have a driver’s license. But the court ruled against the claim because the state offers free photo identifications and other methods of voting that do not require a photo ID. The court did not rule on the city of Memphis claim that library cards with photos should be accepted because the Tennessee General Assembly amended the law earlier this year to exclude any identification issued by a county or city and allow only identifications issued by the state of Tennessee or the federal government. George Barrett, the attorney for the Shelby County plaintiffs, said no decision has been made whether the state court’s ruling will be appealed in federal court. The state justices noted in their ruling that similar laws in other states have already been upheld by federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.