Huffington Post Bemoans Student Voter Suppression in Tennessee

September 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Fair Elections, Recent Blog Posts

Student Registering to VoteFrom the Huffington Post:

In Tennessee, a new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls explicitly excludes student IDs.

In Tennessee, for instance, a university-provided ID is not considered acceptable proof of identity for students, but it is for faculty. Tennessee Sen. Bill Ketron, who sponsored his state’s voter ID bill, said student IDs are frequently forged so students can lie about their age, although student IDs generally don’t display birth dates.

Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Tennessee, said banning student IDs as voter verification “makes it really obvious that the goal is to suppress the students’ access to the ballots.”

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