Up for Debate: Is there a need for enacting Voter ID laws?

Monday, August 13, 2012 at 6:36pm

A new report suggests that the basis for voter ID laws — widespread voter fraud — might be thin at best. What do you think?

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: debate | voter ID law

276 Comments on this post:

By: MamaG on 8/14/12 at 2:17

I've always liked photography too, Nemo. I took a class at Nashville Tech once. It was a lot of fun. Now, I've learned how to take a slab of rock, cut it, grind it and polish it, set it in sterling silver and wear it! Well, I already knew how to wear it! It has been a ton of fun! Also, I've learned how to facet gem stones, which are actually glass (for beginners). I finished 2, which were made from marbles, and almost finished my 3rd one but classes ended. I don't know if I'll go back to that one or not. I might this winter. The classes are cheap at the Fifty/Forward center in Donelson. They have lots of different things there.

By: MamaG on 8/14/12 at 2:19

What I meant to say was, we learned how to facet using glass marbles, not that gems are glass...d'uh!

By: MamaG on 8/14/12 at 2:25

Good evening, everyone! I hope to get back around more often! :-) Gotta go have margaritas this evening though...

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/12 at 2:38

Two planes collied at BNA


By: dargent7 on 8/14/12 at 2:56

Gore "lost" Tenn. because people down here are that stupid.
They are so dumb as to think he made "Global Warming", up.
They also were sick of the Bill Clinton "Monica Years" and wanted a fresh face.
You got one: GW Bush.
Then you got 9/11 and the Iraqi war.
Not one country, not even Zimbauwe, has asked Bush to speak about human rights, the economy, anything "presidential". The same ridicule Jimmy Carter as a "has-been", but Carter is all over speaking in foreign countries.
Everyone walking upright knows Bush and Lon Cheney concocted the "weapons of mass destruction" myth to steal their oil. Didn't work out too well.
A woman in the desert in Africa with a plate in her lip and ears knows Bush was and is a liar.
Yet, many down here in this cess-pool called "the south" still refer to him as a brilliant statesman, on par with Winston Churchill and Charles DeGall.
People here worship the NRA and a Glock and that's about it.
Live with it.

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:04

Gore "who"? Good grief D7, get over it. He has, is, and always will be a loser!

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:07

Yo, MamaG is in the house! Welcome back!

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:11

By: gdiafante on 8/14/12 at 10:12
Takes one to know one you dimwit! Honey, you are so judgemental that it's a crying shame.

Yes, I am. The difference being, I'm not religious and don't pretend to be something I'm not. You're the reason why I detest the bible belt and the vast number of hypocrites that reside here.

The sad thing is that you so completely misunderstand Jesus' message. Why is it that the ones who don't believe seem to get his teachings more than those who supposedly believe?

At least you seem to think you "get" His teachings more than those who supposedly believe! We'll see who really gets His teachings. He definitely didn't advocate "religion" in any form. He advocated and still does to Love one another and to do unto others as you'd have them do unto you and to LOVE GOD.

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:12

So I guess you like people being nasty to you, based on the whole "do unto others" thing....

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:16

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/12 at 12:07
The Democratic Party of Tennessee started crumbling with Ned’s election to Governor, chief. Gore’s campaign in Tennessee was under Ned’s leadership and cronyism and in thinking that Tennessee was in the bag. The Democratic Party is not looking for any new talent to replace the old guard,

BTW vote write-in Park Overall.

But Rosanne Barr is running, so shouldn't we vote for her?

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:18

: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 4:12
So I guess you like people being nasty to you, based on the whole "do unto others" thing....

So when was I nasty to anyone. And actually, the majority of people I run across are nice to me. Well except people who are intimidated by me or jealous of me for heaven only knows why.

Guess I just don't let the bad things sink in like you libs do. I forgive and sometimes I forget.

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:19

Yes, bud. YOU should vote for her.

By: brrrrk on 8/14/12 at 3:20

budlight said

"He advocated and still does to Love one another and to do unto others as you'd have them do unto you"

Too bad he stole that from the Greeks and the Egyptians.....

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:20

bud, nasty is your middle name! You're snippy as all get out and more than a little on the hateful side.

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:21

brrrrk - details, details....lol

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:23

First of all, you don't know me and you don't know if I'm nice or nasty. And if I do know you, I probably tolerate you because you're pitiful. Anyone who has to use Beer and nazi in their name is definitely frought with problems.

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:25

And someone who doesn't understand the tip-of-the hat to Seinfeld is a bloomin' idiot. Your reputation precedes you, Sid.

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:27

Trying to sue for money after your previous boyfriend died then going on Geraldo; trying to sue a builder for a pre-existing condition, trying to bastardize the name of a local business to syphon off their business, your endless rants at neighborhood meetings...

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:29

Yes, I can see why you'd relate to seinfeld. He's just not my cup of tea. And my reputation is just fine, thank you. And you think budlight just refers to beer, don't you? You don't have a clue. So, get on back to your Seinfeld reruns. That's about your speed.

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:30

When I think of a genuine, kind Christian you're not on the list. It's hypocrites like you that drive people away from God.

By: bfra on 8/14/12 at 3:32

Beernazi - You definitely have that old troll's #! Bud that is! Even her neighbors can't stand her.

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:32

Well, who died and left you charge of who God deals with? Quite frankly if you knew anything about God, you'd know that relationships with God and Jesus are personal - one-on-one - and not to be judged by the likes of you.

I dare say that those whom I have helped in my lifetime (with no strings attached) don't think of me and the word hypocrite in the same thought bubble.

I can't bear judgment to your walk with God and likewise, you have to real clue as to mine. It's personal. Between God and me.

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:33

Yep. Her reputation precedes her and she is clueless.

By: bfra on 8/14/12 at 3:34

MamaG - Good to see you name back on the board & glad to hear that son is still doing well. Don't stay away so long.

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:34

I'm commenting on how you treat others, not what's between you and the Sky Guy.

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:36

Gee bfra, you are so bright. I bet your light shines all over the neighborhood - or at least the section on Dickerson road where you work.

How's that old skank friend of yours on priest lake drive doing? Still abusing kids?

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:36

Aw, there's that warm Christian side shining through!!!!

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:37

I guess the room is too small for her to turn her other butt cheek.

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:39

Beer, you are full of yeast - all puffed up and chunky! You can't name one incident where I've mistreated anyone! But keep on insinuating! It's good fodder for a fight on CP! That's all you know how to do. Stir up trouble and then run with your tail tucked tween yo legs!

You actually amuse me. And are so quick to bite when someone throws you a bone! LOL

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:41

Well, I guess I've hurt your teenie weenie feelings so I'm gonna sign off now. I'l go to my room and cry cause I was mean to you. Right!

By: budlight on 8/14/12 at 3:43

aw! beernasty, you can have the last word.

By: bfra on 8/14/12 at 3:45

Bud - Never heard of Beernazi trying to bilk some family out of their money, because they shacked up with their son before he died. That's small! As to how anyone treats children, you are no authority. With your demeanor, the good Lord knew better than to let you have any.

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:45

I can show you if you want me to............

By: bfra on 8/14/12 at 3:47

Beernazi - That old crone is not worth the effort!

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:52

You're right. But today isn't Be Nice to Silly Old Heffers Day. If it is, someone forgot to notify me.

By: Beernazi on 8/14/12 at 3:53

Speaking of stirring up trouble then leaving. Ah, well.

By: yogiman on 8/14/12 at 3:54

That's one spot we're different, budlight. I can forgive, considering their stupidity, but I never forget when someone belittles me by their egotistical frame of mind.
They're so much like Barry they're constantly rebuking.

By: bfra on 8/14/12 at 3:57

Beernazi - Just her post today, a negative attitude toward any & all, except yogi.:-)

By: Rasputin72 on 8/14/12 at 3:58

I certainly enjoyed reading the comments from the minority group of productive people. I always enjoy the reading the comments by the "free stuff" people and their class envy liberals.

I have nothing but the highest respect for Barack Hussein Obama as a strategist. I think his unleashing of the class warfare strategy is one of the most effective vote catchers this country has ever seen. I have little respect for Barack Hussein Obama as an American statesman but then again there are a lot of high profile people in this country that fall into my human wasteland.

There are only about 17 to 20 people posting regularly on this sight. I think I have seen enough of a cross section of beliefs to have a pretty good idea where this country is heading. I have become absolutely fascinated with the class warfare doctrine of Obama. Of course the rebuttal by the productive class has fallen on the deaf ears of the lower class and the underclass and the not so sophisticated falling middle class.

Paul Ryan has an excellent philosophy and great ideas for the future. This being said Romney insured his defeat (he was beaten anyway) when he brought Ryan to the party.
Ohio is now solidly in the camp of Barack Hussein Obama.

I think the productive class still has a few tricks to save themselves over the next decade. Ultimately as a group they will be plowed under like cow manure. Some will survive and I intend for me and my family to be counted as one of the damaged survivors.

I am so fortunate to have lived in a Camelot environment for the last 28 years.

By: yogiman on 8/14/12 at 4:09

What in the cornbread hell is "Heffers day, Beernazi? Did you perchance mean "Heifer's Day"?

I know you never make a mistake in your writings so can you give me the definition for that phrase?

By: yogiman on 8/14/12 at 4:22


What makes you think Obama will automatically win? Has he got congress so tied down in chains they won't raise any questions about him?

It is going to be interesting that several states have said they were passing laws to require candidates to prove their legal eligibility. Questions: Why did it take them three years to come up with that decision? Question: Are they going to carry it our?

If Barry can't be placed on the ballot in one state, won't that convince the people he was a usurper from the beginning?

What state was it he said he wasn't a candidate in that state even though he was in that state campaigning?

If the people keep him in office illegally, they will deserve what they're getting... a communist government.

By: bfra on 8/14/12 at 4:24

Raspy - I am so fortunate to have lived in a Camelot environment for the last 28 years.
That being said, I am surprised you still pee in your pants, as you so in detail posted last week. Your keepers must be terribly embarrassed.

By: bfra on 8/14/12 at 4:27

yogi - What state was it he said he wasn't a candidate in that state even though he was in that state campaigning?
You are asking someone else to answer that question! The Obama expert is failing.

By: yogiman on 8/14/12 at 4:49


Unlike you, I don't itemize everything I read or hear. I didn't name the state because I couldn't remember it, but it did happen. There was several writings about it.

Sorry, I don't have your intelligence.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/12 at 5:15



By: yogiman on 8/14/12 at 6:02

I know what itemize means, dumbo, but you apparently don't.

By: Ask01 on 8/14/12 at 6:22

This could all be a moot point as the Baby Boomers wake up and realize they are square in Willard and Mr. Ryan's sights.

Any threat, even implied, to radically alter Medicare, Social Security, and all manner of other programs which the Boomers have paid into for their entire working lives, and are entitled to receive, will almost certainly spark interest in this election.

Not helping also, is the fact many in the middle class, having experienced lost jobs, lost income, unemployment, and under employment, only to witness the wealthy upperclass and corporate executives posting record gains while they scrimp isn't setting well.

The efforts to suppress the undesirables from voting hasn't gone unnoticed either.

All in all, there is an excellent chance the factors outlined above will sway middle of the road voters, and prompt numerous defections from the right wing, conservative Republican cadre ashamed of the skullduggery.

The upside is, if Willard speaks without consulting his keepers, he will likely utter many more damaging comments prior to the election, driving even more people away.

Let's be honest, George W was a buffoon, but almost a pitiable, likable oaf, who seemed to be swept into an office which nearly overwhelmed him. His past problems and antics of the daughters cast him as someone with whom many voters could identify. Sure, he came from money and was connected, but there was, at least in my perception, almost a 'poor soul' aura surrounding him.

Willard, on the other hand, while having the money and connections, also strikes me as a bit of a buffoon, but an arrogant, 'I'm better than you,' unlikeable type. I believe the only people who can identify with Willard are the 1%.

To recap, they are scuttling their own ship, so this may all be moot.

By: yogiman on 8/14/12 at 6:43

Well, Ask01,

It seems we're going to have two choices to pick from this year, a legal candidate or an illegal candidate. Which do you prefer, a legal President, or an illegal usurper? I like a legal President in office instead of an illegal usurper who was raised in a communist/Muslim family..

By: yogiman on 8/14/12 at 11:54


Want to hear Obama's talk to a group of college students go to:


Let me know what you think.

By: Ask01 on 8/15/12 at 3:30

The nation would be better served if we required a minimum IQ of voters and perhaps a certificate of mental competency.

Better yet, if we required this of politicians seeking office, we might elevate the quality of life for all citizens beyond the level currently enjoyed by just a few.

Of course, most of those currently in office in Tennessee would have to be removed, and perhaps even institutionalized.

The possibilities open to the state would be staggering, allowing us to move into the 21st century.