published Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Tennessee state representative Joanne Favors appears before Chattanooga City Council

by Cliff Hightower
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    JoAnne Favors stands in the Times Free Press photo studio during a portrait session. Photo taken Jan. 16, 2009.
    Photo by Patrick Smith /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

State Rep. Joanne Favors, D-Chattanooga, appeared before the Chattanooga City Council today and told them she hopes the Legislature will have some amendments next year to a new voter identification law.

“There has not been adequate evidence of fraud to produce this legislation,” she said.

The City Council is considering a resolution asking the state to give citizens two years to get photo identification in order to vote, as required by new law in order for Tennessee residents.

Council members have said the new law is unfair to some disadvantaged parts of the population, especially the elderly, who may not have photo ID.

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patriot1 said...

Photo IDs are free at the DMV for non driving seniors....primaries are 6 months away. Ms. Favors should be more concerned about the crime and homicides in her "community" than some trival matter such as this.

September 13, 2011 at 9:17 p.m.
Salsa said...

She's probably afraid that the dead won't be able to vote for her in the next election.

September 13, 2011 at 9:21 p.m.
lsjdmj said...

NO! you have plenty of time to get your ID!

September 13, 2011 at 9:42 p.m.
dao1980 said...

I hope there weren't any dogs hanging around outside the city council...

September 14, 2011 at 7:50 a.m.
joetheplumber said...

Come on Joanne, you know you support the "VOTE EARLY AND VOTE OFTEN" policy in every election. You believe that dead people have the right to be counted in elections. Give us one good reason why voter I.D. is a bad idea other than it requires people to get off their butts and get the documentation needed. All this requirement will do is assist in minimizing fraud - and cost you several votes.

And the question of the day is why you insist on "adequate evidence of fraud"? That is just like the old saying "It ain't cheating unless you get caught."

And I like seeing your hands up near your face I am just glad you're not spreading your fingers out revealing your gang membership.

September 14, 2011 at 8:22 a.m.
Facts said...

Our election commission has improved so much since the Crutchfield-Cotton days. BUT if elected officials won't defend the soundness of elections through very simple things like a photo ID, they should resign. It's obviously all about their power, not what's right.

September 14, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.
dave said...

Gee, I wonder how all those dead folks will be able to get photo i.d's?

September 14, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
MasterChefLen said...

State Rep. Joanne Favors, D-Chattanooga does not want stricter voter verification standards because the most likely people to commit voter fraud are her constituents. Her buddies at the Chattanooga multicultural center probably are not committing FRAUD according to her either.

September 15, 2011 at 12:21 a.m.
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