Press Release from the Tennessee Republican Party, Oct. 19, 2011:
NASHVILLE, TN – Today, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner filed legislation to repeal a new Republican-led law that protects the integrity of our electoral process.
In April of this year, Representative Turner gave vocal support in a committee hearing to HB 7, which requires voters to show a photo ID in order to vote at a polling location.
“This blustery fall day must have had Mike Turner thinking about wearing flip flops at the beach, because his position on voter ID is a complete flip-flop from the view he had this past Spring,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
“Having personally been involved in a campaign in Memphis that was stolen from our Republican candidate by out-of-state voters and dead people, I am appalled at the Democrats’ attempt to compromise our elections and move our state backwards,” said Devaney.
On April 5, 2011, Representative Turner went on record supporting HB 7, sponsored by Rep. Debra Maggart, during a State & Local Government Committee hearing:
- Regarding free photo IDs for voters: “I don’t have a problem with this bill at all if we’re gonna pay for it.” This new law provides IDs at no charge to voters.
- Regarding the ‘difficulty’ to obtain a photo ID: “Now, if you’re not willing to go get a free ID, then maybe, you know, you shouldn’t deserve to vote.”
- Mike Turner’s conclusion in April: “I’m okay with securing the election. I think it’s great.”
Video of Rep. Turner’s comments from the committee hearing can be found HERE.