From the State of Tennessee's website tonight:
President - Republican
|Michele Bachmann - R||1,790|
|Newt Gingrich - R||126,251|
|Jon Huntsman - R||1,143|
|Gary Johnson - R||542|
|Ron Paul - R||47,794|
|Rick Perry - R||1,829|
|Charles "Buddy" Roemer - R||830|
|Mitt Romney - R||144,237|
|Rick Santorum - R||192,765|
President - Democratic
|Barack Obama - D||68,221|
Adding those all up we come up with 585,402 voters in both the Republican and Democratic primaries.
From the United States Election Project website at George Mason University, we learn that Tennessee's voting eligible population 4,621,705.
That means that about 12.6% of Tennessee's voting eligible population voted in Tuesday's primary.
That means about 4.1% of Tennessee's voting eligible population voted for Santorum.
Tennessee's voter id law took effect January this year requiring voters to have photo id. Here's the state of Tennessee's website list of acceptable voter id:
Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:
- Tennessee drivers license with your photo
- United States Passport
- Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
- Photo ID issued by the federal or any state government
- United States Military photo ID
- State-issued handgun carry permit with your photo
College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or a state government are NOT acceptable.And who is exempt from the photo id requirement?
You might want to go through that list and ask yourself which of the id's that are acceptable are more likely to vote conservative or liberal (say, people with military id's or student id's; older folks - nursing homes, hospitalized - or younger folks?)
- Voters who vote absentee by mail (view requirements here)
- Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and who vote at the facility
- Voters who are hospitalized
- Voters with a religious objection to being photographed*
- Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee
And consider how someone might prove they are indigent. Or even how an indigent person might.
By the way, the two PSA announcements - first and second - don't tell you much more than you need a photo id. There's nothing about the exceptions. Or that student ids aren't acceptable.
Bradblog has a story about a former US Marine who is challenging the law by showing his Tennessee voter registration card, but refusing to show a photo id. I'm assuming this is an action intended to lead to a court challenge of the law. I think the challenge is important, but I'm not too impressed with this particular person's video taped protest in his polling place.
I'm not sure what this all means, but I'm wondering why the media have been making such a big deal out of the primaries and giving them so much coverage without pointing out the pitifully low voter turnout and questioning people's claims about the importance of democracy.
*I'm not doing well looking on Google for religions that ban photography. I found a story about an Amish Canadian claiming his religion forbids personal photos and an Islamic woman claiming her religion forbids a photo (for a drivers license) without her veil.