voter ID

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security; October 1, 2012:  NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced a reminder that it will open eight of its driver service centers on the first Saturday of October and November to give citizens additional opportunities to obtain photo identification […]

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Press release from State Senator Jim Kyle, D-Memphis; September 28, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Voter participation in Tennessee is critically low, and the barriers to voting are too high, Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle said Friday. “What’s the difference between a farmer in Iowa and a farmer in Tennessee? A farmer in Iowa can vote for […]

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Statement from State Senator Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro; September 28, 2012:  (NASHVILLE, TN) — “Yesterday, we had affirmation in state court, in addition to federal court affirmation in July, that Tennessee has the right to guard against voter fraud and ‘to secure the freedom of elections and the purity of the ballot box’ as our Constitution […]

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Chastising the General Assembly’s cherry-picking of the kinds of photo IDs voters can use at the polls, a district judge ruled against an attempt to add library cards to the list in time for Thursday’s primaries. U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger called provisions of the state’s new voter ID law “ambiguous” Tuesday and called […]

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State officials say some 21,000 voters have picked up new photo IDs from the state’s DMV centers in the last year, leading up to elections that begin as early as this month. Next month’s primary election is one of the first major tests of a law legislators crafted last year to require anyone casting a […]

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Newsletter from Tennessee Citizen Action; July 10, 2012:   COURT UPHOLDS HEALTH CARE LAW: Highlights from Celebration Rally On June 28 more than 100 Tennesseans gathered at Nashville General Hospital to celebrate the SCOTUS decision. The coalition of organizations leading the rally included: TN Health Care Campaign, TN Justice Center, TN Disability Coalition, Meharry Medical […]

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Voter ID Law Tweaked

by Andrea Zelinski on April 25, 2012

Retired state workers could continue to use their state-issued ID badges to verify their identity at the polls under a bill the Legislature has passed.

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A subcommittee in the House passed a bill to repeal the state’s law requiring voters to show a photo ID, but House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick expressed doubt the effort would go forward.

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As of early last week, the state had handed out 2,385 photo IDs to people who need one to vote. Estimates of the number of people who are in need of identification before election day range from 126,000 to 675,000, depending on which party is talking and how those numbers are counted.

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Press Release from the Senate Republican Caucus, Oct. 31, 2011: Democrat statistics include illegal aliens among what they refer to as “disenfranchised” voters without photo IDs (NASHVILLE, TN), October 31, 2011 — Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) said today that numbers provided by the Senate Democrat Caucus count illegal aliens and prisoners who […]

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The lieutenant governor argues the state’s new voter ID requirement is “wildly popular” among voters while Rep. Mike Turner bats away suggestions he flip-flopped on the issue and others take their tiff over the law to Twitter.

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Statement from Tennessee Citizen Action; Oct. 24, 2011:  TENNESSEE CITIZEN ACTION STATEMENT ON PHOTO ID LAW MTSU POLL RESULTS Nashville, Tenn. (October 24, 2011) — A new poll issued by the MTSU Survey Group reveals that most Tennesseans are aware of new voter ID law, but many confused about the details. Tennessee Citizen Action released […]

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