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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:13 AM
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Tennessee Agency Charges 86-Year Old Veteran An Unconstitutional Poll Tax To Obtain Voter ID
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/10/26/353712/tenn... /

Pointing to a problem that doesnt exist, Tennessee Republicans created a voter ID law this year which, they say, will ensure that only those eligible to vote can do so. As predicted, the law is disenfranchising the poor, elderly, and minority voters, including a 96-year-old African-American woman, a 91-year old woman, and now, a 86-year old veteran.

World War II veteran Darwin Spinks went to a testing center last month to get a photo ID for voting purposes. Under the law, any resident without a photo ID is supposed to get one free of charge. But when Spinks asked for an ID, he was told he had to pay an $8 fee:

Spinks said Tuesday he needed the photo because when his drivers license with a photo expired the last time, the driver testing center issued him a new license without a photo on it. State law allows people over 60 to get a non-photo drivers license.

The retired print shop worker who moved here 17 years ago said he told people at the driver center he wanted an ID for voting purposes. He was sent from one line to another to have a picture taken, then was charged.
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edhopper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:18 AM
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1. Seems the law is working
exactly as planned. To bad nothing will be done.
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lamp_shade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:18 AM
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2. I've half a mind to send him a check for $8 and get a million people to do the same. n/t
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:20 AM
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3. Poll charges from Polecats.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 03:59 PM
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4. Only after this 86-year-old veteran jumps through some more hoops will Tennessee refund this
unconstitutional charge. Good fuc*ing job Brownie Gibbons. :patriot:
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