Getting Candid About Cameras: Voting and the Photo ID

March 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Fair Elections, Recent Blog Posts

There’s a “war on voting,” says Thomas Bates, vice president of Rock the Vote, in the Washington Post. Tennessee isn’t specifically mentioned in the article, but we are one of the states that will most likely have a new law very soon requiring everyone to have a government-issue photo ID to vote.

States that require voter IDs also must be willing to pay for them, the result of a court ruling that declared part of Georgia’s ID law unconstitutional because people lacking IDs would have to pay for cards themselves – creating, in effect, a poll tax. A legislative analysis shows the Wisconsin measure would cost the state $2.7 million a year.

The Tennessee legislation does not have this provision. Each voter will be responsible for the cost of the ID. Paying to vote is a very old concept, but it serves its purpose: voter disenfranchisement.

See also: Requiring Photo IDs to Vote is a Solution in Search of a Problem

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