Newsletter from Tennessee Citizen Action; August 2, 2012:
If you need actual evidence of how the new “big money in politics” climate might affect things here in Tennessee then look no further than the Democratic primary between Rep. Jeanne Richardson and Rep. John Deberry in State House District 90 in Memphis.
“Two national groups that lobby for school vouchers and charter schools spent more than $140,000 in July in support of pro-voucher state Rep. John Deberry’s Democratic primary race against Rep. Jeanne Richardson in Memphis, according to new campaign financial disclosures. The ‘independent expenditures’ by the Super PACS, or political action committees, run by [Michelle Rhee’s] Students First and the American Federation for Children are a huge amount of money for a Tennessee legislative race.”
The real issue isn’t whether one candidate backs vouchers and the other doesn’t. The real issue is the gobs of out-of-state money influencing our state politics. The issue is that one candidate is seemingly bought and paid for by out-of-state corporate and special interests, and one is not.
So how, then, as Tennessee political analyst Trace Sharp asks, “do common folks, just regular people, compete with that kind of money in races that in the past didn’t see this high volume of, for lack of a better word, investment?”
Well, we only one answer right now: WE VOTE.
So GET OUT AND VOTE TODAY – and help to make the lines at your polling place as long as the lines at that pollo place.
But before you go…
CHECK CHECK CHECK
Also, some voters have been given incorrect ballots during early voting so you want to double check which State House, State Senate, and School board district (County District) you are before you go to make sure you are given the correct ballot.
You can do both of these in one place. Here’s how:
- Go online to the Voter Registration Check-O-Meter 6000, enter your county, name, date of birth, and last four digits of your social security, and VIOLA! All the info you need!
KNOW THE RULES BEFORE YOU GO
In Tennessee, in addition to being a registered vote, YOU WILL NEED A SPECIFIC PHOTO ID TO VOTE.
Any of the following photo IDs may be used, EVEN IF EXPIRED:
- Tennessee or other state drivers license with your photo
- United States Passport
- Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the federal, or any other state government
- United States Military photo ID
- State-issued handgun carry permit with your photo
Photo IDs NOT Accepted for Voting:
- College student IDs
- Photo IDs not issued by the federal or a state government are NOT acceptable
For a complete detailing of the law, go to www.tn.gov.
NEVER LET ANYONE TURN YOU AWAY WITHOUT VOTING
If you feel as if you are not being helped to your satisfaction by a poll worker, call you County Election Commission. The list is here.