Repubs See Turner ‘Flip-Flop’ on Voter ID

News release from state Republican party:
NASHVILLE, TN – Today, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner filed legislation to repeal a new Republican-led law that protects the integrity of our electoral process.
In April of this year, Representative Turner gave vocal support in a committee hearing to HB 7, which requires voters to show a photo ID in order to vote at a polling location.
“This blustery fall day must have had Mike Turner thinking about wearing flip flops at the beach, because his position on voter ID is a complete flip-flop from the view he had this past Spring,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
“Having personally been involved in a campaign in Memphis that was stolen from our Republican candidate by out-of-state voters and dead people, I am appalled at the Democrats’ attempt to compromise our elections and move our state backwards,” said Devaney.
On April 5, 2011, Representative Turner went on record supporting HB 7, sponsored by Rep. Debra Maggart, during a State & Local Government Committee hearing:
· Regarding free photo IDs for voters: “I don’t have a problem with this bill at all if we’re gonna pay for it.” This new law provides IDs at no charge to voters.
· Regarding the ‘dificulty’ to obtain a photo ID: “Now, if you’re not willing to go get a free ID, then maybe, you know, you shouldn’t deserve to vote.”
· Mike Turner’s conclusion in April: “I’m okay with securing the election. I think it’s great.”
Video of Rep. Turner’s comments from the committee hearing can be found HERE.

4 thoughts on “Repubs See Turner ‘Flip-Flop’ on Voter ID

  1. Mary Mancini

    Once gain, voter fraud did not happen in the Memphis election. Election fraud happened in the Memphis election. That is, people RUNNING the elections voted illegally in Memphis during that election (and were caught and sent to jail, by the way. We have a system that works!). No way is a photo ID is going to prevent the kind of fraud that happened in the Memphis election. Election fraud, or fraud perpetrated by election officials or candidates, is actually more of a threat than voter fraud, or Jane Q. Citizen waking up on election day and deciding she is going to vote twice or in someone else’s name.

  2. Donna Locke

    This is a good example of why I can’t believe anything Mike Turner says. I think Mike is a good person, but he simply has no real convictions on some serious issues. He is a chameleon. It’s commendable to try to see and respect every relevant viewpoint; it’s another to stand on nothing but shifting sands and take everybody down with you. Come on, Mike.

  3. Eric Holcombe

    I think it’s the epitome of what serving a political party at all costs rather than the constituents (or even your own conscience) does for us all.
    So the Republican party is beating the “secure the election” drum huh? Well, how are those paper ballots coming you worked to approve?
    Rep. Turner is now having to reverse what he probably believes is right just to toe the party line now (keep moving those goalposts Democrats).
    The Big Two continue to serve themselves.

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