CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn talked exclusively with News 12 in a Zoom interview this morning in which she touched on a wide range of policy issues, including Georgia’s new voter ID law.
Georgia Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock and other Georgia Democrats such as Stacey Abrams have slammed the state’s new voter ID law as “Jim Crow 2.0”.
In remarks made at a Senate Judiciary Committee, the senator pushed for the committee to take action at the federal level to combat what he called state efforts to restrict voting rights.
But Senator Blackburn disagreed, saying that the U.S. Constitution gives state governments the right to determine how their elections are conducted.
She says the law makes elections safer by enforcing ID verification.
“What the hearing was yesterday at Judiciary Committee where I’m a member was basically a platform for Stacey Abrams and the Georgia Democrats to say that having to show an ID in order to vote was a racist action. It creates a way for having identification to make certain that the people that are voting in Georgia are Georgians,” says Sen. Blackburn.
Tennessee State Representative Yusuf Hakeem of Chattanooga had an opposite point of view, saying that the law was a form of voter suppression for minority voters.
“It creates additional problems for particularly people of color, black people, to access the vote and in my view it’s a form of voter suppression. There’s been some picking and choosing as to when there should be IDs. In some Southern states, we do everything we can to avoid people’s ability to vote,” says Rep. Hakeem.
Abrams and Senator Warnock have called for the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a law that would return to a court review before states like Georgia can make changes to election procedures.