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Tennessee House of Representatives Passes Bill on Student ID Cards being used to Vote

The Seal of the State of TennesseeClarksville, TN – By a vote of 5 to 4, the House State and Local Sub Committee passed HB 2730/SB 2447, a bill to allow students of Tennessee public colleges and universities to use their state issued identification card to vote.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts stated in the committee hearing that he brought this legislation because a photo identification card for faculty members is already an accepted I.D. for voting and he believes students should have the same opportunity.

“I believe if these State issued identification cards are an acceptable form of I.D. for faculty and staff members then it makes sense that students with valid identification cards should be afforded the same courtesy,” Pitts said. “With voter turnout at all-time lows, we should use every means possible to make voting among this key age group easier.”

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