Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 12:00 am (Updated: August 8, 12:00 am)
This week marks the 47th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination in voting and has been instrumental in ensuring that citizens’ rights are protected from nefarious election laws.
In Tennessee and other states, we have seen laws enacted that have the potential to undermine this vital protection. An estimated 11 percent of the population do not have the type of identification required.
Especially impacted are the elderly, people with disabilities, low-income voters and young people.
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