Tennessee Representative uses her mother's story in crusade to change photo ID law

3/17/2017

State Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, celebrated her mother's 94th birthday on the House floor Thursday by pointedly telling the GOP-controlled chamber her mother can't vote in Tennessee because...she's one of those individuals who was never issued a birth certificate."

As a result, Favors said, her mother is "unable to obtain a photo identification license so that she can vote" under state law. "She loves Tennessee and is a citizen. And we hope she will be afforded the opportunity to vote before she transitions from this life."

Favors said it's not just her mother who has problems. A number of Tennessee senior citizens face similar issues, which is why she is offering a bill to remedy the situation, the lawmaker said.