Tennessee issues more than 12,500 photo IDs for voters

Tennessee issues more than 12,500 photo IDs for voters

February 2nd, 2012 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

Palestine Murray gets her voter ID Saturday at the Tennessee Department of Safety.

Photo by Angela Lewis /Times Free Press.

POLL: Do you agree with the law requiring voters to show photo ID?

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.