Julia Young 
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Re: “GOP Election Official: Photo ID Voter Law Will Increase Turnout

I believe the law is designed to disenfranchise the elderly both rural and non rural who are disabled or do not drive, who might decide their one vote is not considered important and just stay home. This group whose income may be solely dependent on Social Security with their only option for healthcare, Medicare, may tend to vote for members of Congress or Presidential candidates who would protect their only source of income. Admittedly the Republicans as a block have already vowed to restrict both of these resources for this group. Social Security recipients have earned the benefits through years of work. Collectively their vote, if lost, could actually change an election result. The Republican base knows this and is trying to slip in their tactics to disenfranchise a large group of voters in the name of almost non-existent fraud. In TN, drivers over 60 are not required to have photos on their license. No change has been made to require photos for over 60 drivers, which is suspiciously telling in that voters who may vote Democratic, like the elderly, Hispanic, African Americans are uniquely affected the most with this discriminatory provision. Any loss of those votes to Republicans would be offset by a greater loss to Democrat Candidates. In an electoral college presidential election, the impact would be even more drastic. No voter should be discriminated against regardless of party affiliation under the ruse of fraud. Poll Works can be instructed in ways to prevent fraud with other measures taken to ensure what tiny fraud may exist, eliminated. Other proofs are acceptable. Let us not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Don't take a GOP hammer to swat a mythical illegal gnat. That is what the Republican controlled Legislature has done. In the name of "fraud" they will disenfranchise a large segment of voters who they fear could change the face of their legislative body. Maybe they should put the matter to a public vote or are they afraid it won't pass?
Do we still live in the land of the free?

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Posted by Julia Young on 10/05/2011 at 9:40 AM

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