NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - A coalition of groups opposed to requiring photo identification to vote in Tennessee hopes to repeal the new law during the next legislative session.
On Tuesday, members of the "No Barriers to the Ballot Box" campaign announced a petition drive that they hope will convince lawmakers that the requirement is unpopular.
The state estimates 126,000 registered voters don't have current driver's licenses with photos on them. But the secretary of state's office stresses that expired driver's licenses will qualify, as well as other government-issued IDs, ranging from federal veteran identification cards to state handgun carry permits.
State Rep. Brenda Gilmore, a Nashville Democrat, said the elderly and disabled and college students could be disenfranchised by the requirements.
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