JUST ONE QUESTION: ACLU Director Asks About Voter ID Laws

Oct 15, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ahead of tomorrow night’s second presidential debate, Lipscomb University is offering voters a chance to discuss the tensions between free speech and civility.

The Lipscomb forum will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Participants will then get a chance to watch the debate together.

As the campaign debate season continues, WMOT is asking Tennesseans what one question they would ask the candidates if given the chance.  Today we hear from Hedy Weinberg, director of the Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

“There’s no more important right in our democracy than the right to vote, and I’d like to know how you as a candidate will commit to insuring that every eligible voter in this country is allowed to cast their vote, and that that vote will, in fact, be counted.”

Weinberg says she’s concerned by the recent rash of voter ID laws passed by several states, including Tennessee. She sees the measures as attempts at voter suppression, and contends they disproportionately affect people of color, seniors, young people and individuals with disabilities.