Validity of voter ID law depends on impact on seniors

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September 28, 2011


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee: The validity of the new law requiring all voters to provide photo identification to be able to cast their ballots may depend on its effect on seniors. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the concept of voter ID requirements three years ago, but justices stated that they may reconsider if opponents to the law can provide proof of voters who had been disenfranchised because of it.[1]

To prevent this, state officials are leading a campaign to teach seniors about the new law. It is meant to keep voters, mainly the hundreds of thousands over 60, from being refused at polling stations.

Some seniors believe that this is an honest effort to help combat voter fraud, while others believe it to be a deliberate attempt to suppress voter turnout among the elderly. Mary Lou Pierce, a 73 year old woman, stated "It is a two and a half hour wait just to get somebody to see you. It is ridiculous (when) you’re talking about somebody’s who’s got a walker."[1]

Others believe that the law is a good idea. Dorothy Brown, age 83, states "I think they ought to have them."[1]

The law will go into effect on January 1, 2012. The presidential primary on February 7 will be the first major election to feel its effects.


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