Tennessee State University Employee Turned Away From Polls for Trying to Use an Acceptable Photo ID
A headline in the morning’s Tennessean [“Early voting in Middle TN sees long lines…“] screamed, “MOVE ALONG…NOTHING TO SEE HERE….” Problem is, buried deep in the story is what should have been the headline on the front page above the fold.
The meaningful news, that a Tennessee State employee tried to use her state-issued employee photo ID to vote yesterday and was turned away, doesn’t appear until wayyyyyy down in the article. FYI, a state-issued employee ID - even if expired - IS an acceptable form of photo ID.
Another voter, Annette Pilcher, was not allowed to cast a ballot at the Belle Meade precinct with her faculty ID from Tennessee State University. The state-issued identification is one of several forms of ID voters must produce to vote under legislation passed in 2011. This is the first general election under the new regulations that require some form of state-issued photo ID.
Pilcher blamed the poll workers at the precinct for the mix-up, but she eventually called the Election Commission and settled the issue.
“My issue was really about training the poll workers,” she said.