published Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Photo ID law for Tennessee voters shouldn't be loosened

There was a lot of unfortunate contention when Tennessee lawmakers considered and passed a bill requiring voters to present valid photo ID at the ballot box. There were unfounded allegations, for instance, that the law was secretly intended to keep minorities or others from voting.

The true purpose of the law is to prevent someone from claiming another person's identity and voting under that person's name fraudulently. Without a photo ID requirement, that sort of fraud can be virtually impossible to detect.

Blocking fraudulent voting and safeguarding the rights of law-abiding voters is a worthwhile goal, so it is good that the bill passed.

But recently there has been an unwise suggestion that the law's requirements should be loosened.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga proposed letting employees of cities and counties across Tennessee use photo ID issued by their local governing bodies to vote. At present, the law allows only a state or federal government-issued photo ID to be used for voting purposes.

There are good reasons for that restriction. Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville noted cases in Indiana -- which also has a photo ID law for voting -- of improper ID being issued at the local government level.

Throwing open the door to ID issued by hundreds of cities and counties across Tennessee would undermine the goal of helping poll workers quickly determine that an ID is valid.

As McCormick has acknowledged, there are objections that allowing ID from so many sources increases the chance that some of those forms of identification may be fake. By contrast, allowing only a few federal and state-issued forms of ID to be used will help poll workers more effectively do their job of protecting the integrity of the ballot box.

Accordingly, Tennessee legislators should leave the law as it is.

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EaTn said...

From a right-wing point of view we should loosen government restrictions on carrying guns, businesses, the environment but we definitely want to put tighter government restrictions on the constitutional voting process.

February 11, 2012 at 6:52 a.m.
conservative said...

Since this writer often brings this issue up, I can't help but wonder if it is to tweek Lieberals. They do get so bent out of shape over this law against voter fraud.

However, it is often entertaining. I just wish they would they would get down with the struggle downtown where they could display the true face of Lieberalism: that ugly face of filth, squalor, public urination, defecation, masturbation, obscene language, violence, and destruction of public property and just being a public nuisance.

When one believes he or she was descended from a monkey, why not act like one!

February 11, 2012 at 7:47 a.m.
EaTn said...

Since some conservatives can't dazzle with brilliance they stoop to babbling with bull s#!^.

February 11, 2012 at 8:11 a.m.
conservative said...

Since Lieberals can't refute truth they attack the person who tells the truth. It seems to be their most favorite tactic since they lack brilliance.

Sticks and stones.....

February 11, 2012 at 9:17 a.m.
carlB said...

"conservative" I agree with what "EaTn" said.

You must be referring to the "homeless people" that hang out in downtown Chattanooga waiting on the people who work there, having to walk through them and their "crap"

"conservative" where are you getting your information about what these "Occupy wallstreet" people are doing? If you are among or near the occupy wallstreet people, you would find out that all of the negatives you are putting out about them is not true. You are only opposing their world wide "cause" to stop the one percent from controlling the financial policies concerning the other 99 percent of the people.

Who put you in charge of coming up with all of the things which people do every day that you must consider as being ugly and not done by civilized people?

February 11, 2012 at 9:26 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Sorry to see this reduced to battle of right-wingnuts and left-wingnuts. Battle of ideology hacks. Many of us live in the middle and are left cold with polarizing factions.

February 11, 2012 at 10:09 a.m.
conservative said...


Have you been out of the country? Seriously!

This will get you STARTED:

"The OWS movement was painted to portray protestors as representative of "the 99 percent" of Americans, but, evidently the paint was not permanent. After untold reports of public nudity, orgies and masturbating, personal property defecation, drug overdoses, robberies and rapes, Americans have discovered, with immense relief and much thanksgiving that these occupiers are not at all like the rest of us."

"Not that Bloomberg has gone all soft on us just yet: this morning on his weekly radio show, he vowed to not let OWS become like Oakland, and said the city wouldn’t tolerate illegal behavior, including public urination: “People have the right to protest; they don’t have a right to destroy a neighborhood. Anybody that thinks we’re going to tolerate behavior that’s not protected is wrong.”"

February 11, 2012 at 10:11 a.m.
acerigger said...

If the messenger has an "agenda",is it o-k to attack him?

February 11, 2012 at 10:42 a.m.
EaTn said...

Let me say I think most respect all those on both sides who comment-- we just have difference of opinions. And I really believe folks on this site may oppose some of the methods but not the principles of voting rights and public protesters. After all, these basic freedoms are part of what our wars in places like Iraq and Afghanistan are all about.

February 11, 2012 at 11:07 a.m.
hambone said...

There are 2 types of people posting here.

Members of the 99% who really want to change things.

And members of the 99% who have been fooled by the 1% !!

February 11, 2012 at 1:02 p.m.
tipper said...

Conservative: I think the maturbation you refer to in your case is more mental than physical. But, hey, I don't want to be accused of attacking someone who has the monopoly on truth. I mean who can refute masturbation? Did you get any photos to support your claims?

February 11, 2012 at 1:36 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

This person "conservative" is filled with such an irrational hatred of anyone and anything to do with liberalism that he cannot see the forest for the trees. He paints the most extreme caricature of what he thinks a liberal is, and if that type of liberal actually existed, well, almost anyone would hate someone as repulsive as he likes to portay them. That is in essence what the extremist conservatives like Limbaugh and Coulter do, too. "Conservative" is best left alone and ignored, like that incoherent babbling street person you see walking down the street, cursing the air around him and making wild gestures. He spews out the same hate-filled ramblings and epithets on a daily basis, so his words carry no meaning to me any more.

As for you, Jack_Dennis, you are right, there is a lot of ideological tug-of-war on this site, and a lot of senseless name-calling as well. Such is the nature of sites like this. But if you think you are somehow above all the madness just by virtue of being a middle-of-the-road fence sitter, well, think again. Just because you cannot make up your mind and decide which side of the fence you stand on don't belittle those who do. We are at such a clear and well-defined crossroads about which direction the country needs to go, I honestly don't see how anyone can afford to be middle of the road today. I have never understood you middle-of-the-roaders, independents, swing-voters, or whatever you want to call yourselves. How can anyone NOT form an opinion on such weighty political and social issues of the day? I seriously doubt that you are so enlightened or see things so much more clearly than those who take a side and freely state their opinions. Yes, both Democrats and Republicans are corrrupted by money in government, and the whole politcal process is in need of some serious overhauling, but how is your middle-of-the-road stance changing anything? And you stoop to your own level of name calling when you refer to libs and conservatives as ideological "hacks." You might not align yourself with either the right or the left, but you are just as much a nut (one of those middle-of-the-road-nuts) as any "wingnut" here that you are disparaging. If you are taking the time to post your comments here, don't pretend to be on a higher plane, sir. Welcome to the circus.

February 11, 2012 at 1:38 p.m.
conservative said...

I felt certain some would want more:

11/15/11: 5 Arrested at Occupy LA (Including for Assault and Masturbation) Five people from the Occupy LA movement were charged on Tuesday with a variety of crimes. Farid Ahntab, 24, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest for wielding a knife and as he tried to burn a food vendor. Robert Holland, Jr., 31, was charged with threatening someone with a knife and resisting arrest. Angele Chaidez, 21, has been charged with lewd conduct for allegedly masturbating on the steps of City Hall last week and exposing himself in public. Zachary Isaac, 21, was charged with battery for allegedly punching a woman in the face in her tent. Finally, Michael Howard Thomson, 51, was charged with two counts of battery and one count of resisting arrest. He tried to take a two-year-old from its parent and is accused of punching a mediator. Afterwards, he fought the officers who arrested him.

February 11, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Little Ricky: Do you have a Keith Olbermann bobble-head on your dash?

February 11, 2012 at 3:19 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

How did you know, J_D?! I also have a man-crush on Bill Maher, the walls of my living room are lined with posters of Karl Marx, I hug trees all day, and I pray to the devil every night. Watch out. The libs are coming and we're gonna turn this country into a godless communist hell. Ooooooooh.

But I'd be careful what you say. Sounds to me like you're taking sides. You don't want to say anything so "polarizing" that it might jeopardize the status of your undetached and unflappable middle-of-the-road non-ideology you claim to adhere to.

February 11, 2012 at 4:59 p.m.
conservative said...

more, more, more:


"Stinking up Wall Street: Protestors accused of living in filth as shocking pictures show one demonstrator defecating on a police car"

February 11, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.
conservative said...

Lieberals on display, Get it?

Occupy Madison Loses Permit Because Protestors were "Publicly Masturbating"

also: City officials temporarily denied Occupy Madison a new street use permit Wednesday after protesters violated public health and safety conditions and failed to follow the correct processes to renew or amend a permit.

Mary Carbine, the executive director of the Madison Central Business Improvement District, said a neighboring hotel’s staff voiced concerns about having to recently escort hotel employees to and from bus stops late at night due to inappropriate behavior, allegedly including public masturbation, from people in and around the protest.

Read more:

February 11, 2012 at 8:31 p.m.
conservative said...

It is soo much fun EXPOSING Lieberals and as you can see Lieberals love to EXPOSE themselves.

February 11, 2012 at 9:36 p.m.
acerigger said...

conservative ,just curious,are you masturbating as you write?

February 11, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.
hambone said...

He is ace. That's the best he can do!!

February 11, 2012 at 11:36 p.m.
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