Former congressman turned away from p...

Former congressman turned away from polls

There are 116 comments on the The Leaf-Chronicle story from Mar 7, 2012, titled Former congressman turned away from polls. In it, The Leaf-Chronicle reports that:

JAMESTOWN, Tenn. - Former Tennessee Congressman Lincoln Davis and his wife were turned away from their polling place thanks to a registration mix up.

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fentress county citizen

Clarkrange, TN

#1 Mar 7, 2012
You have got to be kidding.
Whatifurx

United States

#2 Mar 7, 2012
fentress county citizen wrote:
You have got to be kidding.
They weren't kidding, and it's a sad, sad, situation when a well known political figure (or anyone for that matter) is denied their right to vote. This is a disgrace to the system. Where's the outrage?? If this can happen to Lincoln Davis, it can happen to anyone!!!
betch ya

Jamestown, TN

#3 Mar 7, 2012
Gee... I wonder....How many times Lincoln actually voted in Pall Mall ?

Anyone...How many times have you seen Lincoln davis vote in Pall Mall ?

ANY 'honest" answers ?
Proud of Fentress County

Jamestown, TN

#4 Mar 7, 2012
He was registered to vote in Pickett County and Fentress County. Fentress purged him from the list since he was registered in Pickett County and they were right in doing so. Just because you are a well known Former Congressman doesn't give you the right just to go register in several counties and then just decide the day of election which one you want to go vote in. This is not a disgrace to the system. The outrage should be why was he registered to vote in two different counties!!! I am proud some people in Fentress County are actually trying to do their jobs correctly which isn't normally the Fentress county way of doing things.
Whatifurx

United States

#5 Mar 7, 2012
Proud of Fentress County wrote:
He was registered to vote in Pickett County and Fentress County. Fentress purged him from the list since he was registered in Pickett County and they were right in doing so. Just because you are a well known Former Congressman doesn't give you the right just to go register in several counties and then just decide the day of election which one you want to go vote in. This is not a disgrace to the system. The outrage should be why was he registered to vote in two different counties!!! I am proud some people in Fentress County are actually trying to do their jobs correctly which isn't normally the Fentress county way of doing things.
What part of the article did you not read or understand? He had the right to vote in the local (city) election of a city that happens to be in Pickett County because he owns property inside the city. But for state and national elections he is/was registered in Fentress County. They (the system) made a mistake by purging him from the roles, and they did not offer him a provisional ballot until later in the day! That is a disgrace! Don't hide from the truth - he WAS denied the right to vote in a state and national election.
betch ya

Jamestown, TN

#6 Mar 7, 2012
Yes..I am sure, he would like to be able to cast a vote, wherever he is at the moment. Sounds like the same crying goin on about voter I.D.
Its fine to cheat someone out of their vote..You know, the people that follow the rules.
DrEvil

Jamestown, TN

#7 Mar 7, 2012
What a screwed up election we have in Fentress Co. guess that is why the same old dogs get elected time after time.
lady in the hills

Jamestown, TN

#8 Mar 7, 2012
Boo Hoo, I'm so sad. LOL
citizen

Clarkrange, TN

#9 Mar 7, 2012
Well, I am sad, for real, that the political machine believes that what they have done is okay. Many people have died for your right to vote. And that fact should be taken seriously. I would hate to bein their shoes.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#10 Mar 7, 2012
We do what we want and no one will ever stop us because the famous 10 got good ole Galloway on their team and that's a fact Jack. Wink, wink.

Since: Sep 08

Placitas, NM

#11 Mar 7, 2012
Proud of Fentress County wrote:
He was registered to vote in Pickett County and Fentress County. Fentress purged him from the list since he was registered in Pickett County and they were right in doing so. Just because you are a well known Former Congressman doesn't give you the right just to go register in several counties and then just decide the day of election which one you want to go vote in. This is not a disgrace to the system. The outrage should be why was he registered to vote in two different counties!!! I am proud some people in Fentress County are actually trying to do their jobs correctly which isn't normally the Fentress county way of doing things.
Even a Congressman is entitled to vote at the precinct he is registered at....even if he legally votes in a different county under for a special category.

From the story: "Davis has voted in Pickett under the special category of property rights voting that allows him to vote in local elections only."

Since: Sep 08

Placitas, NM

#12 Mar 7, 2012
This wasn't the biggest outrage of the day!

"55-year old former U.S. Marine Tim Thompson was turned away from the polls today, Super Tuesday 2012, in the state of Tennessee, after refusing to present a photo ID before voting, as required by a new law recently passed by Republicans.

"This is my voter registration card," Thompson said as he challenged the poll supervisor. "I've used this for 37 years. This was good enough for my father. This was good enough for my grandfather, and I refuse to show you a picture ID"... In Tennessee, "Student ID cards from state universities are NOT acceptable,"

Full story: http://www.bradblog.com/...

Since: Sep 08

Placitas, NM

#13 Mar 7, 2012
But there is some good news:
WISCONSIN JUDGE BLOCKS ILLEGAL VOTER ID LAW, CITING DISENFRANCHISED MARINE VET
"ccording to Wisconsin Judge David Flanagan, they violate the Wisconsin Constitution too. In an order issued yesterday, Flanagan temporarily suspended his states voter ID law and strongly hinted that he will eventually strike the law down permanently.

As Flanagans opinion explains, the Wisconsin Constitution provides particularly strong protections for the right to vote [e]very United States citizen age 18 or older who is a resident of an election district in this state is a qualified elector of that district, regardless of whether or not they have an ID. Moreover, the state supreme court has interpreted this constitutional provision very robustly.Voting is a constitutional right, according to the Wisconsin supremes,any statute that denies a qualified elector the right to vote is unconstitutional and void.

Flanagan accordingly subjects the law to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny, and finds it deeply lacking. As he explains, the law disenfranchises voters, sometimes in absurd ways, and targets a problem that is only slightly more real than fairies and unicorns:....
there's more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/03/07/4...
Its the law

Jamestown, TN

#14 Mar 7, 2012
Whatifurx wrote:
<quoted text>
What part of the article did you not read or understand? He had the right to vote in the local (city) election of a city that happens to be in Pickett County because he owns property inside the city. But for state and national elections he is/was registered in Fentress County. They (the system) made a mistake by purging him from the roles, and they did not offer him a provisional ballot until later in the day! That is a disgrace! Don't hide from the truth - he WAS denied the right to vote in a state and national election.
You got it , my man. Not difficult at all to understand. Sure Davis will pursue it. His wife was also denied. Watch out!!
See you in court

Clarkrange, TN

#15 Mar 7, 2012
Its the law wrote:
<quoted text>
You got it , my man. Not difficult at all to understand. Sure Davis will pursue it. His wife was also denied. Watch out!!
Watch out I'd reckon. I would pursue it. The embarrassment, the out and out failure of several officials to guarantee his right to vote. He said in an interview it wasn't personal, I would tend to think otherwise if it was me.
betch ya

Jamestown, TN

#16 Mar 8, 2012
And AGAIN !!!!!!!
Its alright for YOU, to take away MY right, to have MY vote count, while illegals vote, dead people vote, people(scumbags)vote "more' than once, OR even VOTE OUT OF THEIR DISTRICTS...

I love to see "good people" denied the right to vote...ask any DEMOCRAT, they are good at denying people the right to vote, escpecially those that 'follow the rules!"

Lincoln you where voted OUT.... call david beaty and enjoy some coffee at the west end cafe.
i dont understand

Winnsboro, SC

#17 Mar 8, 2012
See you in court wrote:
<quoted text>Watch out I'd reckon. I would pursue it. The embarrassment, the out and out failure of several officials to guarantee his right to vote. He said in an interview it wasn't personal, I would tend to think otherwise if it was me.
Agh!! The truth comes free. E
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Tennessee officials apologize to Lincoln Davis over voting error
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NASHVILLE — State election officials have apologized to former Democratic Congressman Lincoln Davis, blaming a “clerical error” for his being turned away from a voting station in his home county of Fentress during Tuesday’s primary.

“We apologized to Lincoln,” State Election Coordinator Mark Goins, a Republican, told reporters today.“The fact is he treats Fentress County as his main residence. I’ve instructed the Fentress County [election] administrator to go ahead and reinstate him as a voter. Pickett County admitted we had an error.”

Davis, who lost his 4th Congressional District seat in 2010, complained to the Knoxville News Sentinel on Tuesday that he was denied the right to vote in his native Fentress County. He said he has been casting ballots in the Pall Mall community since 1964.

“If I had moved here from somewhere else recently, maybe I could understand it,” Davis told the newspaper.“But a former congressman, a former state senator and civic leader ... and nobody even notified me I’d been taken off the rolls.”

He added:“Now I know how the black man must have felt a hundred years ago.”

Goins said this is how the error happened: Davis has homes in Fentress and Pickett counties. Davis cites his primary residence as Fentress for general voting purposes. He is also a property owner in Brydstown in Pickett County, where he can legally vote in city elections.

But Pickett County’s election administrator mistakenly listed Davis as a residence voter in that county. When purging duplicate registrations statewide, Goins said, because Pickett County listed Davis as a resident voter as did Fentress, state officials purged the older Fentress registration.

Davis, who showed up late in the day in Fentress, was told he couldn’t vote there. Goins said when Fentress County officials called him Tuesday, he got Davis’ number.

“So I called him ... and said,‘Lincoln go vote [a provisional ballot]. We’ll work this out. If in fact, there’s an error on our side — and there has been — if in fact there’s an error on our side, we inform the local county and your vote will be counted.’ Of course, at this time, Lincoln — he didn’t want to go.”

Davis questioned the situation.

“Why is it now that we’re making it harder for people to vote?” he was quoted saying.

Sounds like a lot of stirring. Sounds like he was offered and chose not to. When the head state election official tries to satisfy you with a personal phone call, what else could be done. I guess Obama could have taken care of it.

My complements to tennesseefreepress.con
yes

Cookeville, TN

#18 Mar 8, 2012
PlacitasRoy wrote:
This wasn't the biggest outrage of the day!
"55-year old former U.S. Marine Tim Thompson was turned away from the polls today, Super Tuesday 2012, in the state of Tennessee, after refusing to present a photo ID before voting, as required by a new law recently passed by Republicans.
"This is my voter registration card," Thompson said as he challenged the poll supervisor. "I've used this for 37 years. This was good enough for my father. This was good enough for my grandfather, and I refuse to show you a picture ID"... In Tennessee, "Student ID cards from state universities are NOT acceptable,"
Full story: http://www.bradblog.com/...
I think everyone should have to show a photo ID to vote. Otherwise, we will continue to have dead people voting.
i dont understand

Winnsboro, SC

#20 Mar 8, 2012
yes wrote:
<quoted text>I think everyone should have to show a photo ID to vote. Otherwise, we will continue to have dead people voting.
What's wrong with an ID. Have you been to the Dr lately. Have you rented a car or checked into a motel lately. Many of life's situations require somekind of a picture ID. I DON'T SEE THE PROBLEM!!!!!!
ya see

Clarkrange, TN

#21 Mar 8, 2012
the situation with id has nothing to do with this case. he stated that he knew the law was that you have to register 30 days before and election, andhe didn't want to break the law.

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