Tennessee apparently has the second-lowest voter turnout in the nation, right behind Texas. Thanks, Tennessee Republicans, for doing your part to make us Number One!
Well, it makes perfect sense. As Bill Clinton has often said, when people vote, Democrats win. And of course, we can’t have that.
Tennessee has one of those heinous voter
suppression ID laws that Republicans love these days, even though it apparently “solves” an entirely fictitious, manufactured “problem.” In fact, the one case of vote fraud which Republican bill sponsor State Senator Bill Ketron can point to would in no way have been prevented by showing the approved forms of ID which the new law requires. Funny, that.
Democratic State Senator Roy Herron wrote an excellent op-ed in Memphis’ Commercial Appeal pointing out some obvious issues with this law, chief among them being:
Only 43 of Tennessee’s 95 counties have driver’s license centers. Half the counties in West Tennessee, and two-thirds of the counties in my state Senate district, don’t have them.
Oh well, that’s what they get for living in a district represented by a Democrat. /snark
There’s just no rhyme or reason to this law’s ID requirements, which are:
» Driver’s license, including expired and out-of-state
» State ID card
» U.S. passport
» Government employee ID, state or federal
» Military ID
» Handgun carry permit
» Student ID, even from a state college
» Credit card with picture
» Discount club card
» Medicare card
So an out of state or expired driver’s license is okay, but a student ID is not? A credit card with a picture on it is not, but a government employee ID is? What’s up with that? If the purpose is just to authenticate identification, not residency, then any photo ID should work: work IDs, credit cards, you name it. It’s just so obviously arbitrary.
Tennessee has a special problem on its hands because it doesn’t require senior citizens over age 60 to get a photo on their drivers’ licenses, thereby making it easier for them to renew online. So now we have a whole bunch of pissed off senior citizens suddenly faced with getting picture ID’s, courtesy of the Republican state legislature.
I just don’t get why the Republicans would disenfranchise so many of their core voters this way, unless they’re so drunk on ALEC Kool-Aid they didn’t really stop to think about what they’re doing.