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Voter Turnout light on election day in Montgomery County

 

Election 2014Clarksville, TN – Voting is underway across Clarksville, Montgomery County for the Tennessee State Primary and County general elections. Voting continues until 7:00pm this evening.

Turnout appears light with roughly 11,000 people voting in the early voting, and multiple precincts reporting extremely light turnout today. “I am ashamed to tell you how many people we had vote today,” said poll worker Nancy Chambers, before revealing that only 21 people had turned out to vote at Smith school by 9:00am. Results at the other polling places were similar.

A mother checks in before casting her ballot as her two children watch

A mother checks in before casting her ballot as her two children watch

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Elected Officials Push Voter Education and Registration

 

VoteClarksville, TN – Concluding a heartfelt sermon by Pastor Robert Harris, Pastor Tommy Vallejos and Senator Tim Barnes were given an opportunity to make an appeal to the members of First Missionary Baptist Church. The appeal centered on educating members on the new voter registration ID law and encouraging all those who had not registered to do so.

In an effort to streamline the voter registration process Pastor Tommy and Senator Barnes volunteered to personally assist members with registering to vote after service in the church foyer. Nick Steward and James Lewis also team up with this collaborative initiative of reaching out local churches to for voter education & registration

Senator Tim Barnes and Pastor Tommy Vallejos assist members of First Missionary Baptist Church in registering to vote.

Senator Tim Barnes and Pastor Tommy Vallejos assist members of First Missionary Baptist Church in registering to vote.

 

Community forum on new Tennessee Voter Photo ID Law Monday night

 

Tennessee Urban Resource Center

Clarksville, TN – On Monday, November 28th, 2011 the Tennessee Urban Resource Center will host an educational community forum on the new “Tennessee – Voter Photo ID Law”. The forum will be held at the Clarksville – Montgomery County Public Library, 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 501 – Clarksville, TN. The forum starts at 6:00pm.

The new law, which goes into effect at the start of the New Year, will require people to show a valid state or federal government-issued photo ID in order to vote at the polls. «Read the rest of this article»

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Community forum on new Tennessee Voter Photo ID Law

 

Tennessee Urban Resource Center

Clarksville, TN – On November 28th, 2011 the Tennessee Urban Resource Center will host an educational community forum on the new TN – Voter Photo ID Law. The forum will be held at the Clarksville – Montgomery County Public Library, 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 501 – Clarksville, TN. Starting at 6:00pm.

The new law, which goes into effect at the start of the New Year, will require people to show a valid state or federal government-issued photo ID in order to vote at the polls. «Read the rest of this article»

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Department of Safety and Homeland Security issues nearly 2,400 Photo IDs for Voting purposes since July 1st

 

Department reminds Citizens that certain Driver Service Centers will be open on the First Saturday of November for Voter ID Issuance Only

Tennessee Department of SafetyNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced Monday that as of October 24th it had issued 2,385 forms of photo identification for voting purposes since a new law went into effect making on July 1st photo IDs for voting purposes available at no charge.

The number of photo IDs issued for voting purposes includes original photo identification cards (for voters who had never been issued a driver license or photo ID and were not already in the Department’s database) and non-photo driver licenses converted into photo driver licenses. (Drivers in Tennessee age 60 and older may opt to carry a non-photo driver license.) «Read the rest of this article»

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Town Hall Meeting and Open House for Photo ID information planned

 
Hank Bonecutter

Hank Bonecutter

Montgomery County, TN – A new Tennessee state law concerning voting begins January 1st, 2012 and the Montgomery County Election Commission has planned a town hall meeting to inform Montgomery County voters of the new law is planned.

Vickie Koelman, Administrator of Elections for Montgomery County invites the public to the Montgomery County Election Commission office, Tuesday, November 1st 2011 from 11:00am-6:00pm to answer questions.

Located at 350 Pageant Lane, in Veteran’s Plaza, registered voters will learn which ID’s can be used, what forms of photo ID are not acceptable, who is exempt and what happens if you do not have a photo ID.  All voters in 2012 will be required to present a photo ID. «Read the rest of this article»

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Voter ID laws create stink everywhere

 

I have been crying “foul” on the voter ID law since it was first proposed in Tennessee. Now, an election law expert in Washington has expressed alarm at the number of states enacting such laws. The Tennessee law took effect July 1 this year.

In a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to an Indiana voter ID law, 250 cases of alleged voter fraud cited, only nine involved a person allegedly voting under someone else’s name.

Across the country, the situation is essentially the same. Even where there is some evidence of voter fraud, it rarely involved someone voting under an assumed identity. Voter fraud most often involves vote buying, ballot-box stuffing, absentee ballots, or felons voting in situations prohibited by state election laws. Voter ID laws don’t address any of those problems. «Read the rest of this article»

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City Charter Update III

 

Mayoral Voting

City of Clarksville

Clarksville, TN – In the two previous and current charter update efforts, one of the attempts to change interaction and separate the influence of the mayoral (executive) position over the council (legislative) was made through the voting process.

It has been a complaint of both citizens and council members that have observed and served with previous administrations that the mayoral position could and had exerted undue influence through manipulation of the council votes. Similar complaints surfaced at the last council meeting. However, the two previous efforts to change anything with voting could not gain enough support for change. «Read the rest of this article»

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Alice in Wonderland goes to the polls in Tennessee

 

The gentle State Senator from Murfreesboro must have followed Alice down a rabbit hole and found himself in Wonderland. There is hardly any other explanation for the logic he uses to defend his photo ID for voters law.

The Murfreesboro statesman points out that photo identification is required for everything from making a purchase at the mall to boarding a plane or cashing a check.

His logic really goes down the hole when he points out that many brave Americans fought and died for us to have the important right to elect our leaders. «Read the rest of this article»

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Those darn pesky constitutions

 

Frank White

Frank White

There remains a voice of reason amidst the Tennessee government rush to insanity. The state attorney general remains level headed enough to realize that we have Tennessee and U.S. constitutions.

That alone is reason enough to push back the tea-drinkers’ effort to change the method of selecting the attorney general. But, the other side of this is his levelheaded thinking will cause them to push more passionately to change the process.

Too busy drinking tea and changing the political landscape, the political forces of power don’t have time or inclination to read those stuffy old documents. Otherwise, they would have realized early on that their photo identification requirement for voters would run afoul of the constitutional right to vote. «Read the rest of this article»

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