I wonder if he consulted with Malia and Sasha on this one.
I just finished watching the latest Obama distraction from his record ad called “Dorothy Cooper and the New Tennessee Voter Law”. Let’s put aside that voter ID laws are overwhelmingly popular across the country and look at the ad itself.
First, they found a 96-year-old woman who somehow has managed to amass not one item of official ID with her picture on it – quite a feat. Second, they make the following claim about the new Tennessee Voter ID law (1:28 Mark):
“The Tennessee Law requires citizens to show: Birth certificate, voter registration card, and two pieces of ID.”
I thought that sounded a bit much, so I went to the Tennessee Department of State and looked it up. I was right. It was a bit much. Here are the actual requirements:
Beginning January 1, 2012, all voters must present an ID containing the voter’s name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day. The information on this website is provided to ensure that all Tennessee voters have access to information about the new law. If you have further questions, please see the Contact Us information at the bottom of the page.
That’s it. You need photo ID with your name on it. The Tennessee Department of State site goes on to list what is acceptable and what isn’t. They even have links and contact information on how to obtain a picture ID or to covert your non-photo driver license to a picture one.
Near the end of the ad, around the 3:18 mark, the claim is made that “Dorothy obtained her voter ID, but only after producing five forms of identification.” Well according to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, you need to present three main items in order to obtain a picture ID card; more if your name doesn’t match which Dorothy’s didn’t. The list is as follows:
You may obtain a free photo ID to vote from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security at a driver service center. You will need proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate), two proofs of Tennessee residency (such as a voter registration card, utility bill, vehicle registration/title, or bank statement), and if your name differs from that on your primary ID, proof of the changed name (such as certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, certified court order, etc.).
So, what Dorothy went through to get her photo ID at 96 years old was not part of the Tennessee Voter Law like the ad claims, but really the following the dictates of the Federal Government for obtaining a photo ID.
What also caught my eye and why this ad is yet another work of Obama fiction, is the section at the bottom about who is exempt:
- Voters who vote absentee by mail (view requirements here)
- Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and who vote at the facility
- Voters who are hospitalized
- Voters with a religious objection to being photographed
- Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee
Why didn’t Dorothy just choose to vote absentee by mail? She clearly meets one of the qualifications of being 64 years or older. Why then? Because that wouldn’t have made a good ad and Obama wouldn’t have another distraction from his record with his new war on Senior Citizens.
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