Local 24 News political analyst & commentator Otis Sanford on controversial TN voting bill


DEVELOPING AT THE TENNESSEE CAPITOL! LEGISLATION IS MOVING FORWARD THAT WOULD PENALIZE PAID VOTER REGISTRATION GROUPS … WHO TURN-IN TOO MANY INVALID REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS. THE MEASURE PASSED THE SENATE WITH MINOR CHANGES YESTERDAY… SO NOW IT GOES BACK TO THE HOUSE.. AND THERE’S GROWING CONCERN OVER WHAT THIS PROPOSAL MEANS. COUNT LOCAL 24 POLITICAL ANALYST OTIS SANFORD AMONG THEM. HERE’S HIS POINT OF VIEW. OTIS SANFORD/REPORTIN G: REPUBLICAN STATE LAWMAKERS ATTEMPTED TO DO TWO THINGS AT ONCE – WHEN THEY PASSED A CONTROVERSIAL VOTER REGISTRATION BILL. THEY WANTED TO SEND A STRONG MESSAGE THAT THEY ARE CRACKING DOWN ON POSSIBLE VOTER THE LEGISLATURE WILL HAVE SUCCEEDED IN PUTTING A CHILL ON LARGE VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES THAT TARGET MINORITY VOTERS. THE BILL ESSENTIALLY PENALIZES FOR FAILING TO RECEIVE TRAINING. THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND OTHERS THAT DO NOT PAY FOR REGISTRATION DRIVES – ARE EXEMPT FROM THE LEGISLATION – WHICH IS CLEARLY AIMED AT THE BLACK VOTER PROJECT. THAT’S THE GROUP THAT TURNED IN SOME 35 THOUSAND REGISTRATION FORMS JUST BEFORE THE DEADLINE LAST YEAR – AND ABOUT HALF OF THEM WERE INCOMPLETE. THE TENNESSEAN NEWSPAPER ON THURSDAY URGED GOVERNOR BILL LEE TO VETO THE BILL, CALLING IT A DISGRACEFUL TRAINING, MAKE SURE THE FORMS ARE COMPLETE AND TURN THEM IN PROMPTLY. BUT CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND LARGE FINES AIMED AT MINORITIES AMOUNT TO VOTER SUPPRESSION – AND ARE THE WRONG




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