facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Critics want to repeal Tenn. voter ID law

Jan. 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM   |   Comments

NASHVILLE, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Opponents of Tennessee's new voter identification law have mounted a petition drive for repeal.

The law, one of three passed by states in 2011, takes effect this month, The Tennessean reported. All three were modeled on an Indiana law that has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Critics say the laws, which require voters to present an approved form of photo identification before they cast their ballots, are aimed at suppressing the black vote. They also argue that voter fraud is a minor problem.

Opponents say they are almost finished with gathering signatures.

"There are multiple problems with our state law," Gerard Stranch, a lawyer in Nashville, said. "It's not just that it would have a disparate effect on minorities. It's setting up a poll tax."

Opponents are considering a lawsuit if the legislature does not act to repeal the law. They could get support from the federal government, which has refused to approve a similar law in South Carolina.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
2
Freedom variant LCS takes to water Freedom variant LCS takes to water
3
New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates
4
Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall
5
79-year-old woman survives in desert for 5 days 79-year-old woman survives in desert for 5 days
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback