16 states require an ID that must include a photo. In 16 states non-photo forms of ID are acceptable.
Here is what is happening in some of the states.
Pennsylvania passed a photo ID law in March, 2012.
Tennessee - New photo ID law
- ID must require proof of citizenship and residency in order to prove identity for voting - Exemptions include Absentee voters, voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and vote at the facility, hospitalized voters, voters with a religious objection to being photographed and indigent voters who cannot obtain a photo ID without paying a fee
- Not acceptable ID's are Discount club cards or credit cards with a photo issued by a bank
Tennessee provides free photo ID's for voting only from the Dept. of Safety Driver's cente,r but the person still had to show proof of citizenship to get it. A voter who shows up to vote without a photo ID votes provisionally and has until two days after the election to present a photo ID at the county election commission office.
In Wisconsin, it has been reported that Judge David Flanagan, who threw down a temporary injunction against the new Voter ID Law, signed a recall petition against Gov. Walker. Sounds like a conflict of interest.
There is a national effort to take down Voter ID laws. There are 4 national groups coordinating the effort.
- League of Women Voters
- Eric Holder and the US Justice Dept.
Besides filing lawsuits, these groups are holding meetings claiming that voter ID suppresses the vote of minorities, the poor, students and the elderly. This movement is starting in Wisconsin but it will quickly spread. There are three lawsuits pending in Wisconsin state courts right now.
The Virginia General Assembly has passed Voter ID legislation. The Governor has not signed it yet. Conservatives are questioning one of the provisions. If the legislation is signed by the Governor there will probably be law suits filed by minority groups, older citizens etc.
Please pay attention to the status of Voter ID laws in your state. Democrats want these laws repealed.
Thank you for your work.