Election Commission passes on voter ID petition

Election Commission passes on voter ID petition


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A group opposing Tennessee's new voter ID law faced a setback Monday morning.

The Greater Knoxville Progressive MoveOn Council's petitioned against the ID law during a protest last month in downtown Knoxville. The petition received about 6,000 signatures.

On Monday, the group brought the petition before the Knox County Election Commission at their meeting and asked the panel to take part.

Commissioners told the group they couldn't do anything with the petition and referred them to the county's law director.

The groups said the law director told them the same and suggested they present it to Knox County Commission.

MoveOn members plan to do just that, hoping for a resolution opposing the voter ID law.

"What we hope to happen is that the laws will be overturned in time for the election," said Jennifer Wallis, a MoveOn organizer. "If they're not, then we'll continue our work and collect the names of people who were denied the right to vote in the November election and we will go from there."

The Knox County Driver Service Center will be open Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to issue voter photo ID cards to people who still need IDs.

Another Saturday session is set for November 2.


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