U.S. Senate Panel Eyes Photo Voter Laws; Haslam Gets a Letter

A U.S. Senate subcommittee held a hearing on state laws requiring a photo ID for voting, reports The Tennessean, with arguments apparently echoing the differing positions taken by Republicans and Democrats in Tennessee.
I am deeply concerned by this coordinated, well-funded effort to pass laws that would compromise the right to vote,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chairman of the civil rights subcommittee, said at Thursday’s hearing.
He said the incidence of voter fraud is “minimal” and doesn’t justify such measures.
Durbin wrote to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday, asking him to explain the steps his administration is taking to “ensure that Tennesseans without the forms of photo identification now required by the law can obtain it — efficiently and free of charge — before the next election.”

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