published Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Tennessee issues more than 12,500 photo IDs for voters

Palestine Murray gets her voter ID Saturday at the Tennessee Department of Safety.
Palestine Murray gets her voter ID Saturday at the Tennessee Department of Safety.
Photo by Angela Lewis.
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NASHVILLE — Tennessee issued 12,571 photo IDs for voters between July 1 and Jan. 30, the state Safety Department announced today.

Under a Republican-backed law that took effect Jan. 1, all Tennessee voters must display state or federally issued photo identification to vote.

Republicans say the law is necessary to prevent voter fraud, but Democrats and other critics charge the measure is part of a national movement by the GOP and their allies to discourage the elderly, minorities and students from voting.

Democrats have introduced legislation in the General Assembly this year to gut the new law.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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