Let’s talk about HB0010 just for a second. Maggart & Lynn are sponsoring it. The wording is such:
Election Laws – As introduced, requires identification and proof of citizenship for voter registration; requires a voter to present qualified photographic identification before voting; voters without proper identification shall be allowed to cast provisional ballots. – Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 2 and Title 2, Chapter 7.
I direct your attention to the parts I’ve bolded and ask your opinion on this. So far, the “qualified photographic identification” seems to be either a state-issued driver’s license or a state ID. Both of which cost money to obtain. So, if you want to vote, you have to procure AND PAY FOR a photo ID issued by the state. I’ll say it again–you have to pay the state for an ID in order to vote. How does that not come into direct conflict with the 24th Amendment?
The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Are the state legislators now not considering a fee (for the license) a tax? It’s money collected by the state which you have to give the state in order to vote.
I’m no lawyer, but it seems like the very first election after this bill is passed ends us up in Federal Court. That seems imminently foreseeable. And fighting federal court cases costs money.
And aren’t we having a budget crisis?