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Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 10:05pm

I have trouble even believing that there can be objection to [the proposed bill to require Tennessee voters to have photo identification]. If someone votes illegally, that is my and every other legitimate voter's problem. If someone does not vote because they have to have a photo ID, that is their problem.

Posted by “JDG”

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: Photo ID

74 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 2/10/11 at 6:10

We will read alot of post on paper ballots, elderly that have no
driver's license and rights of felons to vote, but this bill has
nothing to do with any of that. If we consider the right to vote
so precious that men & women go to war to fight and die for
it, then both the elderly and those wishing to stay below the
radar of any public identication can get the State voting
photo card or skip the process!

By: yogiman on 2/10/11 at 7:26

With the growth of our population and the obvious voting frauds going on in our nation, it has come down to the necessity of proper voter ID.

With the advancement of programming computer activity speed, it could be determined if a person had voted somewhere else other than the booth they were at. I have heard of people voting at several different locations. It needs to be stopped.

By: revo-lou on 2/10/11 at 8:24

That is correct. yogi has heard of it, therefore it MUST be true and be stopped! Never mind that it could still happen , even with an ID. Is there a bigger tool than you yogi?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 8:33

That should be reason enough not to like this bill weescot. It is Republican and Tea Party is origin.

By: yogiman on 2/10/11 at 8:40

Sorry I'm not as brilliant as you seem to think you are, revo-lou. I usually take a man for his word unless I know he is lying. But I'm sure you already know the man before you meet him.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 9:02

“I sorry I am not as brilliant as you think your are.”

Now this phrase has become a cliché that makes no sense. How would some that is not brilliant even know that they are not brilliant? How would they know that the other person is not brilliant?

By: global_citizen on 2/10/11 at 9:03

I don't know about other precincts in TN, but in my twenty years of living and voting in Nashville, I've been asked to show a photo ID every single time I've voted. Where do they NOT ask for ID?

By: Loner on 2/10/11 at 9:09

Everybody wants fair elections, the trouble is, people's definition of what is, or is not "fair" varies considerably.

If both major political parties are on the take...beholden to powerful special interest groups, then the idea of fairness becomes highly subjective and dubious. When special interest groups finance both candidates in an election, then the election itself becomes functionally irrelevant.

Certainly, proof of one's identity at the polling place is not an unreasonable idea. I suspect that the stated motives of the "reformers" are not the true motives.

The TP wing of the GOP is obsessed with the idea that Welfare-seeking, Non-English-speaking, Catholic, Democratic voters are infiltrating the US from our Southern flank.

I like the acronym TP, for the Tea reminds me of Cornholio's paranoia....."I need TP for my bung hole!"

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 9:13

I have too global. This seems much ado about nothing...but I can see a national ID card in the future.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 9:17

Could it be that the GOP has rigged the elections and now are afraid the Democrats will figure it out a turn the tables on them.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 9:23

My snow travel tip is to wait for them to get to work or crash, before I leave.

By: AmyLiorate on 2/10/11 at 9:42

My sentiment too Nemo. It's about time to go check the road again.

Global, most of the time I go to vote I just show my voter card. I keep it handy because I once got the run around after moving inside the county. They sent me to the wrong precinct and I had to do a Provisional Ballot. If you have a valid card, it will clear everything up.

But I've also shown my drivers license on many occasions.

How does this law stop someone from getting multiple photo IDs under different names and addresses? It will just take them more time to accomplish the same thing.

I think that Yogi might be on to something. They have face recognition cameras and use them at places like the superbowl. That could catch people who appear at multiple polls and no one has to go get another id beside their voter card.

PS, make the penalty for voting twice be 3 years in federal jail. Three more for any extra votes.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 9:43

It is over in Egypt. The demonstrators have won!!!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 9:52

Amy, how does the law stop anyone from tax fraud

By: yogiman on 2/10/11 at 9:55


You have voter fraud in all forms of life. You do have citizens who will vote every chance they can get and you will have people at the voting booths who will pull any string that will get someone in who they know will vote for "their" favorites. Should a citizen's vote3 be bought? Many of them are.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 9:59

Show us some proof yogi.

By: yogiman on 2/10/11 at 10:07


I agree, everyone should want a fair election, but too often the ones running for office don't.

There is so much money being spent on elections in this country I believe there should be a "law and order process. Why should corporations be allowed to give their stock holders money to candidates that the stock holders would vote against?

Anyone running for the president's office should only be allowed to take money from the individual citizens of our nation. Those running for the Senate should be restricted to money from the citizens of the state they are going to represent and those running for the House should be restricted to the citizens of their districts.

The same restrictions should be followed in the state, country and city elections. If you don't live there you shouldn't put money into the election. They are representing US. Not people from other parts of the world.

I read where Alexander and Corker received hundreds of thousands for their vote on a program in Obama's favor.

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 10:08

John Kennedy's election was fraudulent, nemo. Bought and paid for by the mob via Joe Kennedy. Now that was 50 years ago, but it's a good example.

**Conspiracy alert**

Then, when JFK put RFC as AG, the mob was not too happy when he came after them. Maybe 11/22/93 was a mob hit?

But we all know what yogi is referring to...I think the term for it is rationalizing, although there's nothing rational about yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 10:10

Show proof yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 10:15


Just keep asking him for the proof. We know that it is his Tea Bag paranoia talking. “I hear that…..” “I read where…”

The poor old man must see thing from his medication and transfers that hate of his for Obama into reality.

By: yogiman on 2/10/11 at 10:33

It's interesting to see where the rebellion has ended in Egypt. I see where they think Mubarak may step down today. Presumably in Obama's favor.

Maybe we should copy the Egyptians in their civilian rebellion act and hold one of our own to get an illegal office sitter out of OUR Oval Office. What do y'all think?

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 10:50

"What do y'all think?"

I think the rock between your ears is the only thing keeping your head from caving in.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 11:01

Good rocking idea gdia.

The Tea Bags must be worried and desperate because they are letting yogi do the talking.

His mouth runs over.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 11:05

Are you talking treason, yogi? I know this is what the Tea Part has been wanting, but it could bit you in your head.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 11:09

I am going to try to get out. See you later.

By: yogiman on 2/10/11 at 11:10

What do you brilliant citizens think of Sen. Mae Beavers presenting a bill requiring anyone running for the President's office to prove who they 'claim' they are? By that I mean; Prove you are a natural born citizen of this nation. Or don't you know a what natural born citizen is, unless they are a Demoncrat.

By: bfra on 2/10/11 at 11:17

yogi - If Beavers has read any of your inane comments, I doubt she would be pleased, that you even mentioned her name.

By: AmyLiorate on 2/10/11 at 11:24

Tax? Nemo, where'd that come from?

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 11:32

My guess is that Beavers is trying to solicit the idiot vote. I assume she has yours, yogi?

By: AmyLiorate on 2/10/11 at 11:33

Does anyone think we should take tax money and use it for campaigns?

Don't we all think too much is spent on campaigns already! I really don't want any more lame ads on my TV like those Jim Cooper (who voted for the Patriot Act the other day) or those pointless Haslam ads.

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 11:38

No tax money for campaigns.

But you have to admit, the "He just needs a chance...just give him a chance" commercial was highly entertaining...

By: AmyLiorate on 2/10/11 at 11:41

Thoughts or anecdotes from the forum?

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 11:44

I can't say that they're harder workers, it's all relative, but it does seem that they are more eager to do physically demanding jobs than the rest of us.

I think that many Americans think of certain jobs as beneath them.

By: yogiman on 2/10/11 at 11:48


The interpretation of a writing comes from the minds of idiots who can't think like the opposers. I'm sure they welcome you to their club.

Mae Beavers is in that office to represent me and others in her district. I don't care if she likes what I have to say or not. If she doesn't want to 'hear' from me, she can resign.

And no, gdiafante, she did not get my vote. She did the first two times she ran for that office but I didn't appreciate the way she pulled her stunt on the last election. To me, that was a no-no. But I'm sure it was in your favor.

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 12:07

Well, like I said, she's working the idiot vote so she wants yours back, yogi.

By: house_of_pain on 2/10/11 at 12:13

"No tax money for campaigns."

I'll second that.

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 12:19

house, heard on the radio that the Preds just traded for Mike Fisher (aka Mr. Carrie Underwood).

We're going to win the Cup.

By: yogiman on 2/10/11 at 1:24

She can rest assured she already has your, gdiafante.

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 1:31

Not my district, yogi. But I do like beavers.

By: house_of_pain on 2/10/11 at 1:49

"Nice beaver."
"Thanks, I just had it stuffed."

By: yogiman on 2/10/11 at 1:51

I thought she was doing a good job, gdiafante, but the stunt she pulled on the young woman running against her was disgusting; at least to me. But then, I think the way I think... and I'm glad I don't think like you others.

And overall, I think a term limit makes sense. There should not be a financial benefit through a career any political office.

They are paid while they are in the office. They should take care of their own benefits. A political office is not considered a career, it is a service to the people.

Most of the old timers used to think of it that way.

By: gdiafante on 2/10/11 at 2:00

Yogi, I didn't capitalize. See house's joke.

Some people get it, some people don't...then there's yogi (or Maude)

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 2:04

Old yogi likes to make accusations about Obama but never has any proof to back up his pearls of wisdom.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 2:05

   ˈwɪz dəmShow Spelled[wiz-duh m] Show IPA
the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
scholarly knowledge or learning: the wisdom of the schools.
wise sayings or teachings; precepts.
a wise act or saying.
( initial capital letter ) Douay Bible . Wisdom of Solomon.

Wait a second that does not sound like yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/10/11 at 2:07

Poor old yogi is on a rant because he thinks Obama has made the right decision about Egypt.

By: dargent7 on 2/10/11 at 2:20

"Is this some kind of bust?"
"Yes, mame, they're very nice".
......Leslie Neilsen

By: dargent7 on 2/10/11 at 2:24

I had a LTE printed over at the Communist rag, The Tennessean.
Then they "pulled it"! Poof!
I think this discrimation against Northerners has gone too far.
"House": see you at the Chancellor's Mansion, 5:00pm, sharp.
I won't be wearing any pants.

By: dargent7 on 2/10/11 at 2:27

Yogi needs to join the Church of Scientology or become a Mormon.
Or worse, convert to Catholicism. Any cult will do.

By: house_of_pain on 2/10/11 at 2:39

Gordon Gee may have stashed some weed around that mansion, d7.

By: yogiman on 2/10/11 at 2:40

I already have a cult, dargent7. It's called DoRight. Ever heard of it? Probably not. It simply means for all common sense people to think and do right. What is causing your mental maihem?