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Voting Time and Delegate Selection

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Early Voting has started in Carter County for the Democratic Primary.

Early Voting ends on February 25th.

Democratic Primary March 3, 2020

Carter County Presidential Convention. March 7, 2020 at the Carter County Courthouse on N Main St, Elizabethton. Door opens at 12 pm. Delegate Selection begins at 1 pm. 

To qualify as a delegate you MUST have voted in the March 3, 2020 Democratic Primary.

Information about becoming a DNC delegate and the rules governing the DNC Selection Process may be obtained from tndp.org, or from the Tennessee Democratic Party, 319 Plus Park Blvd, Ste 203, Nashville, Tn 37217, 615-327-9779.

New Voter Photo ID Law- Trick or Treat?

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The Tennessee legislature recently passed legislation requiring a government issued photo ID before being allowed to vote. Some critics say it is another attempt to discourage predominately Democratic oriented citizens from exercising their vote at the polls. Is this a trick or might it be a treat? It can be a treat if Dems strategize and work in advance to get all potential Democratic voters fully prepared to be allowed to vote. If Republicans fail to do the same, this could be turned to a strategic advantage for Democrats.

Thanks to Millard Garland and Wayne Smith, we have a summary of the legislation; it is as follows:
-Requires a voter to produce a government issued photo ID before being allowed to vote.

-Exempts those voting by absentee, hospitalized, and in a licensed nursing home.

-If  no photo identification, the voter will vote a provisional ballot except in case of indigent or those who have a religious objection. The voter must sign an oath stating he or she is indigent or an oath stating a religious objection to being photographed. After signing the oath, the voter will vote on the machines.

-Counting of provisional votes is changed from forty-eight hours to four business days following Election Day (extension may be granted by Coordinator of Elections, but no later than the second Monday following an election).

-If no photo ID and voter cast a provisional ballot, the voter has two business days to return to the election commission office or place designated by election commission to show a valid photo ID- must sign affidavit and AOE must copy photo ID for records and counting board.

-If rejected must notify voter by mailand reason why rejected.

-Valid photo ID includes a Tennessee drivers license, US passport, Department of Safety photo ID card, state or federal employee photo identification card, photo ID card issued by federal government or other state, US military photo ID.

-College photo ID is not a valid ID for voting purposes.

-Applies to early voting and Election Day.

Effective January1, 2012

It is our understanding that local Department of Safety Driver’s License offices will be issuing photo ID’s that are non-driver’s license related. We understand there will not be a fee for this service. It will be important for us to identify all persons who we know that will need to obtain a Department of Safety photo ID card, assist and encourage them in getting a card for themselves, and having them fully prepared to exercise their right to vote. Let’s turn the tables on Republican efforts to hamper Democrats from voting.

Tenn. Republicans Pass 21st Century Poll Tax

Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Sneaky Seniors

Making voting harder: Republicans institute 21st century poll tax with photo ID requirement.

Republicans in the Volunteer State said today loudly and of nearly one accord: Beware of sneaky senior citizens and their sneaky voting.

On Thursday Republicans in the state House approved a bill that forces voters to show photo identification at the poll — instead of just being able to show your voter registration.

Democrats in the House, and Senate prior to Thursday, tried their best to improve this bill so it wouldn’t be such an affront to seniors’ and others’ right to vote. But Republicans were not interested in protecting the voting rights of Tennessee seniors.

They went ahead and passed a modern day poll tax that requires you to pay the state for an ID card before you can vote. This bill will discourage voting — especially among groups of people who are poor, elderly and indigent.

It puts another hurdle between citizens and the ballot box and is probably unconstitutional, according to our state Attorney General.

Offering a solution to which there is no problem (and making the situation worse for everybody) is a condition that plagues this Republican-led General Assembly.

Jeff Woods at The City Paper has the details:

Democrats contended the bill is intended to make it harder for their traditional constituencies to vote, disenfranchising poor, elderly and minority voters who may not have photo IDs.

They pointed to a formal opinion state Attorney General Bob Cooper issued this week. Because the legislation includes no provision to pay for photo IDs for voters who don’t have them, Cooper said the requirement “unduly burdens the right to vote” and “constitutes a poll tax,” a fee making voting uneconomical for poor people.

“Our oath, of course ladies and gentlemen, prevents us from voting on a bill that is unconstitutional,” House Democratic leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley told the House. …

Democrats offered amendments to make the photo IDs free of charge or to waive the requirement for the elderly and others.

“We’ve made it from the days of Andrew Jackson to today in Tennessee electing people without having to show a photo ID,” Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, said. “I’ve looked around to see if there’s any evidence of widespread fraud by seniors in elections. I haven’t found any. No one so far in this debate has shown any evidence of any need to change the system we now have in place.”