Photo ID voter requirement approved by Tennessee Senate
NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Last night a bill passed the Tennessee State Senate that would require voters to provide some form of government-issued ID at the polls. For the bill to become law, it must still pass the Tennessee House of Representatives and then go to the governor for approval.
Democrats have objected to the measure on the grounds that not all citizens, including the poor, disabled, and elderly, own a photo ID and may not be able to afford to purchase a card to vote. Democratic senator Roy Herron states, "It is a modern-day poll tax for these people."
Republicans replied to these concerns by stating that citizens will have the option of signing an affidavit which states that they can't acquire a photo ID.
- Tennessee State Senate
- Tennessee House of Representatives
- Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010