Roy Herron tries to scare more people into thinking they will not be able to vote by quoting foggy numbers, counting people who are not even registered to vote, possibly even counting felons and illegal aliens as disenfranchised voters. I am suprised he didn't throw in dead people as well seeing as they have a history of voting out west.
"The Dean" breaks it down...
Here's the explanation: There are actually about 230,000 Tennesseans who hold a non-photo driver's license and who are over the of age 18, including the 126,000 who are registered to vote. But those not registered to vote could register and thus could be "potentially" impacted by having to obtain a new photo ID.
Further, the 2010 U.S. Census reported Tennessee has a voting age population of 4,850,104. Meanwhile, the Department of Safety says there are 4,390,803 persons holding a driver's license. The difference is 459,301 - people who don't have a license, but live in Tennessee and "potentially" could be voters and thus impacted.
Add the 459,301 to the 230,000 and you get 689,301. Some, of course, may be ineligible to vote - such as convicted felons who have not had their rights restored....
....Blake Fontenay, spokesman for Secretary of State Tre Hargett, was invited to comment and responded with this email:
"Based on the methodology used, we have a number of questions about that statistic. Does the Census data count people who vote absentee, illegal immigrants, felons who have not had their voting rights restored or people who have other forms of photo IDs besides driver licenses? We feel all those groups would have to be subtracted from the voting age population in order to get an accurate count.