Tenn. voter ID law hampers ballot access, says U.S. Senator - WSMV Channel 4

Tenn. voter ID law hampers ballot access, says U.S. Senator

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Jim Cooper are urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to take steps to ensure ballot access under Tennessee's new law requiring a photo ID to vote.

Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, is holding hearings on voter ID laws in the Senate. He joined Cooper in his Nashville district on Monday to discuss the Tennessee requirements with reporters.

Durbin said more than 126,000 registered voters in Tennessee face being barred from casting a ballot next year because their government-issued IDs don't have pictures on them. The senator has also sent a letter to Haslam about the issue.

A Haslam spokesman said the letter had not yet been received by the governor's office on Monday.

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