Statement from House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville; Sept. 13, 2011:
(NASHVILLE, September 13, 2011) – Speaker Beth Harwell on Tuesday reiterated the importance of the new law passed by the Tennessee General Assembly that requires photo identification to vote, after Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin joined with Congressman Jim Cooper to criticize the law.
“The Tennessee legislature passed this law to ensure fair elections which are a cornerstone of democracy. Legitimate votes are cancelled out when fraud occurs, and it the state’s responsibility to prevent voter fraud. I commend the General Assembly for taking seriously the state’s responsibility of securing our ballot box. We could only hope that Congress would be this serious about securing our borders,” said Harwell.
“I would suggest to our federal officials that they get their own house in order first. In an era of rising deficits, ballooning debt, and bloated federal government in Washington Dick Durbin and Jim Cooper have chosen to ignore those problems and come to Tennessee to trample on states’ rights. No wonder Congress has an 82 percent disapproval rating. Congressman Cooper has assumed the Washington mentality of not respecting states’ rights.
“The Tennessee General Assembly has balanced a budget, kept taxes low, and protected our elections. We are doing just fine without Washington’s help,” Harwell concluded.