published Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Victory for clean elections

Among other accomplishments in the Tennessee General Assembly’s recently completed session was the passage of a bill to protect the integrity of elections.

If the measure is approved by Gov. Bill Haslam, voters will be required to present valid photo identification when they show up to cast ballots.

Democrat critics of the bill claim that it was designed to disenfranchise the poor, the elderly or others who may not have photo ID.

But the bill has provisions that exempt from the ID requirement those who live in nursing homes or group homes. In addition, those who show up without their ID will be able to vote by provisional ballot, and those who cannot afford an ID may swear an “oath of identity” and still vote.

Sadly, there is no question that voter fraud is a problem in Tennessee.

In 2006, a state Senate election in Memphis was so steeped in fraud that its results had to be thrown out. Dead people were among those shown to have “voted.” Plus, the state has found hundreds of cases of ineligible felons casting ballots.

That dilutes the voting power of legitimate voters and destroys confidence in the voting system itself.

The General Assembly was right to take steps to prevent voter fraud.

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hambone said...

I see this makes my Voter ID Card just another scrape of paper to carry in my billfold.

May 26, 2011 at 12:31 a.m.
Leaf said...

Judging by the headline, I thought they were doing some campaign finance reform or something, but it was only voter IDs. Well, I guess it's slightly better than nothing, maybe.

May 26, 2011 at 4:44 p.m.
carlB said...

Reply to the FP opinion: It appears the photo ID is supposed to solve all types of voter fraud and the "integrity of elections"? Who is going to issue a standard photo ID or do we know if there will be more than one type of photo ID? The entire photo ID process seems to be a farce and a "means" of preventing "REGiSTERED" voters from being able to vote, who have been voting for many years and have a "clean record." Having a photo ID could also be a means of hindering'stopping newly registered voters from voting. It is the people who are not eligible to vote that should be stopped from registering for voting in the first place. Then they would not be be in the A - Z books as registered voters even if they had a photo ID. Yes as Leaf said, it is "campaign finance" which is a big item and not anything is being done about it. Under the voting systems we have now without a means for a recount once the data has been taken off of the voting machines there is not a paper trail for a recount other than the recorded data from each voting machine. People coming in to vote are ID'd, they are checked in the A-Z books and then counted when they vote and the voting machines' totals, all have to balance. .

May 26, 2011 at 10:46 p.m.
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