'Serious business' for some, early voting means chance to test ID law

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:33pm

African-American women were at the front of a line that stretched out the door Wednesday, for the start of early voting at the Davidson County Election Commission.

Representing the local chapters of a variety of civic organizations and wearing black, they noticeably made up the majority of voters who showed up within the first hour of the polls being open.

“We all decided we were going to be here the first day, dressed in black, business attire, because we thought this was serious business,” said Lorraine Greene, who wore pins for Delta Sigma Theta as well as the Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Polling locations will be open Monday through Saturday for early voting, until Thursday, Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 6.

Greene explained that the National Coalition of 100 Black Women regularly encourages women to vote early and that this year the Delta Sigma Theta sorority asked its members across the state to be among the first to vote on Oct. 17. Locally, Greene said, those organizations reached out to other groups, including the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and a number of other civic and church organizations for women, and invited them to join in the effort.

She estimated that around 150 women from the various groups showed up together for the opening of the polls Wednesday. And as the morning went on, they kept coming.

“We take this as serious business, and we know that people need to get out and vote,” Greene said. “We wanted to demonstrate that we were serious and that they needed to come on this first day. Not wait. Not wait until November to vote, but to vote early.”

They also wanted to make sure there weren’t any issues related to the state’s new photo ID requirement for voting. Getting out to vote early, Greene said, would leave voters time to obtain the proper ID, should a problem arise.

Vonda McDaniel, who wore colors and a pin representing Alpha Kappa Alpha, listed the state’s role in the history of women’s suffrage as a reason for the morning’s significance. On Aug. 20, 1920, Tennessee became the deciding 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

“It’s exciting as a woman to be able to participate,” said McDaniel, “particularly in the state of Tennessee, on such an important, important day.”

3 Comments on this post:

By: BenDover on 10/17/12 at 3:14

Too bad their vote for president won't count because Tennessee's Electors are all going to Romney.

I wonder if they supported that Gay basher the Democrats have running against Corker?

If they had any real sense they'd apply their political energy in trying to shake up the Democratic party who didn't give democrats any real reason for turning out this election cycle.

By: govskeptic on 10/18/12 at 7:57

Will the Haynes play a major role as martyrs again? Will the former judge
use her expired Judge"s ID as a VIP card versus qualified ID to vote? Will
ole Joe let the poll workers know he's a State Senator (for couple of more
months) and doesn't have to show any ID? Will Senator Harper wear her
Sunday hat as her valid ID for voting? Serious questions being asked here.

By: RustyACE on 10/22/12 at 7:20

Let me make sure I have this right:

You can't fly, you can't open a bank account, you can't buy beer, cigarettes, get pulled over for a speeding ticket, or just about any other interaction wthout a photo ID.

Every voter that is not properly identified and is allowed to vote, dis enfranchises a legitimate voter.

I would think the LEFT would be all over making sure that Voters Vote, and those without ID don't.

The reason that College ID's aren't accepted, is because a school doesn't care if you are legitimate, as long as they get your college funds, you are registered to go to school.

Harkening back to the 60's is not the same argument.

Today, you need an ID to do just about anything, and in an age where ID Fraud is common, proving who you are is even more important.