published Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Voter ID law enjoys overwhelming popularity in Tennessee

Opponents of Tennessee's commonsense law requiring that voters present legitimate photo identification at the ballot box have tried to portray the law as sharply dividing public opinion and creating needless strife.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

Amid all the baseless accusations that the photo ID law was designed as a sneaky way to disenfranchise the elderly or minorities or the poor, Middle Tennessee State University conducted an opinion poll that included a question about the law.

As reported by Nashville's Tennessean newspaper, the poll found that 82 percent of state residents believe the law is "a good idea that should be kept in place." By contrast, only 11 percent think the law is "a bad idea that should be done away with." The other 7 percent weren't sure.

While there are certainly some individuals who oppose the photo ID law, it seems rather obvious that the overwhelming majority of Tennesseans consider the law a sensible precaution against fraud at the ballot box -- and do not buy the claim that it robs some groups of Tennesseans of their legitimate right to vote.

That confidence in the law is justified. The legislation rightly included a number of safeguards meant to keep voting a simple process and not to burden those who are lawfully seeking to exercise their voting rights.

Among other things, voters can obtain a free, state-issued identification card valid for voting. They also may cast provisional ballots on Election Day if they happen to forget their ID. Then they need only present their ID later to have their ballots counted.

With those sorts of protections in place, it is absurd to suggest that Tennessee's photo ID law is an effort to suppress the vote. State lawmakers were wise to enact the law, and it should remain in place.

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conservative said...

I believe this writer enjoys kicking kooks.

March 20, 2012 at 9 a.m.
ArnoldZiffel said...

Dem hate this. Obama hates it because he needs illegal votes. If you can get free ID, no one can complain.

March 20, 2012 at 9:41 a.m.
jezabelle said...

This whole editorial is a joke, right?

March 20, 2012 at 2:46 p.m.

Illegal voter suppression is a serious issue. What will the progressives do without illegal votes?

March 20, 2012 at 3:44 p.m.
chet123 said...

voter id laws enjoy overwhelming popularity in tennessee?????...Hmmmm...let me see Hmmmmm is this the state that favored jim crows laws 60 years ago.....and the same state that FAVOR slavery laws over 150 years ago...Hmmmmmm....WHAT IN THE RED NECK HEAVEN THATS TELLS YOU ABOUT TENNESSEE...HA HA HA

VOTER ID LAWS IS POPULAR HERE IN APPALACHIA,MOUNTAIN,REPUBLICAN COUNTRY-SIDE.TENNESSEE HA HA HA HA HA...WHO WOULD BE SO BRAZEN TO WRITE THAT IN THE NEWSPAPER...THIS IS WHY THE CONSTITUTION PROTECT THE MINORITY.....THE POPULIST WOULD JUST STRONG-ARM THEIR WAY AROUND AND BULLY THE MINORITY INTO SECOND CLASS STATUS...

YOU ARE SEEING AN EXAMPLE WHY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NECESSARY......I ALWAYS KEEP MY EYES ON THAT CROWD THAT PUSHING STATE RIGHT..THIS IS BECAUSE THEY DONT GIVE A HOOT ABOUT ANYONE RIGHT BUT THEIR OWN...WHEY DONT CARE ABOUT THE PAIN THEY CAUSES...WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL(THE CHURCH)..THEY CONDONE EVILNESS..ON SUNDAY THESE HYPOCRITE PUT ON THEIR HALOS HA HA.. WHAT A JOKE!..STATE RIGHT IS A BREEDING GROUND FOR BIGOTRY, HATE AND NEPOTISM....YEP....STATE LAW HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INFLUENCE BY SOME "BOSS HOG"(WHO IS THE UNCLE ON THE MAMA SIDE) OR INFLUENCED BY AND COUSIN SUE.....AND EVEN WORSE....THE GOOD OLE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH....(HELP US ALL LORD)

WHAT DO THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY CARE IF IT SUPPRESS VOTERS(THIS THE ONLY WAY THE OBAMA HATER CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN).....HA HA HA THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT.....THIS IS BETTER THAN HAVING BAD WEATHER OR RAIN ON ELECTION DAY...REALLY AMAZING....THIS SHOW YOU THE ONE-SIDENESS OF THIS BACKWARD STATE....ONE OF THE POOREST STATE IN THE COUNTRY AND THE WORKING-CLASS CITIZENS HAVE THE AUDACITY,THE BLIND-BOLDNESS,THE SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO DECLARE THEMSELVES AS REPUBLICAN......WELL,WELL,WELL...THE DIXIECRATS ARE STILL KICKING HA HA HA

March 20, 2012 at 6:25 p.m.
chet123 said...

I SEE THE ABOVE RIGHT-WING NUTS AND HATERS ARE DROOLING AT THE MOUTH.....DONT BE SUPPRISE OBAMA STILL PULL THIS ONE OUT...DISPITE YOUR MANUFACTURED LIE.....

March 20, 2012 at 6:29 p.m.

Popularity is certainly a poor standard. Putting people who don't use their turn signals in jail would probably be a very popular law.

March 21, 2012 at 7:34 p.m.
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