Hargett signs letter opposing federal voting bill

Secretary of State Tre Hargett speaks with Rep. Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) before Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State address on Jan. 29, 2018 in Nashville. (Photo credit: Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Tennessee’s Tre Hargett has signed onto a letter from from Republican secretaries of state opposing legislation in congress aiming to set national voting guidelines. The letter is written by John Merrill of Alabama and signed by 15 other top state election officials.

The letter comes as Tennessee’s Attorney General Herbert Slatery has also joined Republican colleagues from other states in opposing the legislation.

Dear Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and House Minority Leader McCarthy:

We are writing you today to urge you to reject the “For the People Act” otherwise known as H.R. 1 or S. 1, which is a dangerous overreach by the federal government into the administration of elections.

Each state legislature should have the freedom and flexibility to determine practices that best meet the needs of their respective states. A one-size-fits-all approach mandated by Congress is not the solution to any of our problems.

These bills intrude upon our constitutional rights, and further sacrifice the security and integrity of the elections process. We firmly believe the authority to legislate and regulate these changes should be left with the states.

H.R. 1 and S. 1 blatantly undermine the extensive work we, as election officials, have completed in order to provide safe, accessible voting options for our constituencies. Many of the proposed practices would reverse the years of progress that has been made. We are strongly opposed to these bills and hope you will dismiss efforts to advance this legislation.

Thank you for your consideration and attention to this matter.

/SIGNED/

John H. Merrill
Alabama Secretary of State

Kevin Meyer
Alaska Lieutenant Governor

Brad Raffensperger
Georgia Secretary of State

Connie Lawson
Indiana Secretary of State

Scott Schwab
Kansas Secretary of State

Michael Adams
Kentucky Secretary of State

Kyle Ardoin
Louisiana Secretary of State

Bob Evnen
Nebraska Secretary of State

Alvin A. Jaeger
North Dakota Secretary of State

Steve Barnett
South Dakota Secretary of State

Tre Hargett
Tennessee Secretary of State

Mac Warner
West Virginia Secretary of State

Ed Buchanan
Wyoming Secretary of State

55 Responses to Hargett signs letter opposing federal voting bill

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    James White says:

    Too late, I believe this communistic piece of legislation has passed the Senate 50-49.

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      Cryan says:

      It’s just for show. Hargett is also going to primary Bill Lee. Slattery’s comms team beat them to the punch on this one, and Hargett is playing catch-up.

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      LeeAnn C says:

      You may be thinking of the humongous spending bill. I don’t think this grab to federalize US elections has been before the Senate. I don’t think simple majority can be used either. They’ll need 60 votes.

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        James White says:

        Thanks LeeAnn, correct.
        However the HR 1 voter bill is completely unconstitutional, as the States are the ones that set up most of the items listed.

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          Jim Kershner says:

          ALL the states should be required to meet a MINIMUM guideline such as ALL residents should be allowed to vote not just WHITES.

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    Bill says:

    . . . and the battle over state’s rights continues. The minority facing off against the majority.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Indeed you are correct Bill. I have every confidence an overwhelming majority of Tennesseans are strong advocates of states rights and realize it is found in our Tenth Amendment to the Constitution and is an important check and balance against a power hungry central government.

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        Jim Kershner says:

        The state can take federal money BUT the state should have the right to prevent non republicans from voting?

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      Jim Kershner says:

      Not at all, it’s the Majority facing off against the racists.

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    Kosh III says:

    He’s being a good Republican by working to suppress the vote of anyone except rich white men–just like it was in 1789.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Oh Kosh what a gimlet eye you have! Can’t fool you. Everyone in this country except “rich white men” are alas too stupid to present a valid government issued ID to their election officials in order to vote. However did we get such an addle brained population? I always knew the leftist/cheap labor open border coalition would ruin us.

      Depressing as this is, from the last election it seems we do have over 150 million “rich white men” in this country which is in itself reassuring. Do continue to keep us in touch with reality Kosh III, and please invite Kosh I and II to do so as well.

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        David Collins says:

        Stuart, You mentioned government issued IDs. I am curious, if the true purpose of the government issued photo ID is ballot security as opposed to voter suppression, why not have the photo ID produced at the local election commission office? There is one of those in all 95 counties and the equipment needed to produce the same is significantly come down in price (as has the price of most forms of electronics) over the years. It just makes sense to have the ID produced at the office where one registers to vote. Besides, regardless of the initial cost of the equipment, to refuse to do this on the basis of cost would be like saying democracy and honest elections are not worth the money it takes to maintain them. So why not do it locally. The court’s ruled decades ago that, despite the name, county election commissions are State agencies so the implementation of such a program would be uniformly devised and applied via the Secretary of State and the State Election Coordinator. Who could possibly oppose such a thing?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          David, now you are getting into the weeds of conducting elections a process in which I have never participated so I have no educated opinion as to whether what you suggest would be OK. Fundamentally all I want are elections that are fair and accurate and express the will of a majority of voters. What you suggest sounds reasonable to me but I would like anyone familiar with election mechanics to chime in with their opinion.

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            Cryan says:

            I never had to show a photo ID to the county clerk to pay my property taxes. Where’s the outrage? Maybe I’m an illegal paying a dead person’s taxes.

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          Beatrice Shaw says:

          suppression all the way

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        Jim Kershner says:

        Obviously you are confused..you Republicans started the open border cheap labor market when REPUBLICANS shipped manufacturing to China.. History is such a fickle mistress.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    Only land owners who own 50+ acres should be allowed to vote.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      You’re on to something Cannoneer! A “somebody” requirement rather than simply a pulse and citizenship/green card status. On the other hand something terribly disqualifying obviously happens to you when you become too wealthy and/or inherit a sizeable amount of wealth especially at an early age. In addition, you’re being a little too old fuddy-duddy pre industrial revolution there.

      How about a combination of land and stock worth at least $2.5 million but not over $50 million no more than 10% of which can be derived by inheritance. That’s just a discussion proposal, I’m willing to negotiate.

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        MARLE says:

        Whaaaaat? Those with over 50 can’t vote, Stuart? What day of the week did Tucker spit this nonsense out?

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        Cannoneer2 says:

        Well, I’m counted out under your system, Stuart, most of mine is inherited, LOL. In seriousness, I would like to see some sort of system that ensured that voters had some basic knowledge of what was going on before they voted. If I come across a race that I know little or nothing about, I don’t vote either way. The voting machine yells at you a bit, but that’s better than helping to elect some sort of disaster.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Speaking of electing disasters, tonight Hannity treated his viewers to watching the demented Big Guy forget the name of his Secretary of State as well as the Pentagon. Of course his handlers dare not allow him to have his first press conference since his election.

          Perhaps you are taking this voting stuff too seriously Cannoneer. Why not approach it like so many ladies obviously did in this past Presidential election. If you don’t know all that much about the issues watch and listen to both candidates and if there’s a woman in the race think about whether you would at any time in your life would have liked to date that woman or if it’s a man decide whether you would like you would have liked your sister or daughter to date the guy and base your vote on whichever candidate you find most attractive via looks and personality.

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            Eddie White says:

            Do you remember when we had a president who said the right thing to do is to stand for the national anthem ? So politically incorrect. So unwoke. So insulting to the young athletes on our college campuses. So offensive.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            I remember a lot of things that don’t exist anymore. In the “Right Track/Wrong Track” question put me down as being with the majority casting a vote for “Wrong Track.”

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      James White says:

      How about if you don’t get a government check.

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        MARLE says:

        Guess you don’t want Seniors to vote, right James?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Don’t be such a strict constructionist. James means a check for which they did nothing except have a heart rending status and apply.
          __________________________
          Just read the news! Yet another worthless Republican senator is going to hit the exits in 2022. This time it’s centrist Roy Blunt (Heritage-57%) whose back we will see after his current term is over. Now the state that gave us the impressive Josh Hawley (Heritage-83%) can certainly be expected to send us a much improved spanking new Republican senator in 2023. For those keeping score your scorecard of retiring worthlessness should now read; Blunt (57%), Burr (59%), Portman (56%), and Shelby (71%).

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            Cryan says:

            Nobody cares. Just another safe Republican senate seat endangered by the hard-right Trumpikins. If Democrats weren’t so inept they would pick up that seat. I mean Trump has a worse electoral brand than Herbert Hoover.

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            MARLE says:

            That’s all you need for Medicare for which the government cuts a check to the hospital, doctor, rehab, or whatever On Your Behalf. Breathing as a citizen having never contributed one thin dime.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Wonder why Medicare will soon be broke. Are you saying that no matter they’re personal resources they just show up at the doctor’s office, hospital, etc. and Medicare pays? How absurd! No they certainly shouldn’t vote.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            The stupid bleeding heart majority in this country fall for the same ploy over and over again. The goal of the left is to make as many people dependent on the government as possible so a new program starts out as “insurance” with all kinds of requirements. Then every time the American people are dumb enough to vote the left into power the requirements slowly but surely get chipped away until presto there’s no requirements except for the poor jerks in the middle-class to eventually pay the bills. And you all think this can go on forever?

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            MARLE says:

            No you need a medicare card which comes your way over the age of 65, having lived legally in the US for 10 years (but not having worked or contributed squat) Then you pay a low ball premium and then any bill is 80% paid by medicare regardless of amount.

            How long have you been in this country….oh wait~ Tucker hasn’t taught you this yet

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            Cryan says:

            Aren’t you on medicare, you old boomer ass hypocrite?

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            You seem to be lady of obsessions. First it was “Trump” every chance you got or created. Now it’s me and “Tucker” every chance you get and or you will create. Oh well. . . .

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            MARLE says:

            Stuart….YOU keep referencing Tucker constantly. Why am I obsessive but you’re not? Just responding in kind. You really are grooming yourself super victim-attitude status.

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          James White says:

          Stuart corrected me . thanks

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            MARLE says:

            So that makes both you And Stuart wrong. Medicare requires that you paid in ZERO in order for the gov to write a check on your behalf for hosp, doctor, etc.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          I have the conservative morning line favorite to succeed Blunt – Rep. Jason Smith (Heritage-84%) out of Cape Girardeau in the southeast quadrant of Missouri.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            How many people do each of you actually know that “have never worked a day” and have received Medicare payments? As much as you all fuss about this, it just doesn’t happen that often. Of course all the rich white people think it happens all day, every day and the ones that are prone to bigotry see it all around them every day all day long. They just know people “unlike them” are just usurping THEIR fair share. You all sound like spoiled and bigoted brats. The social safety net that we have in this country is one of the best things that has ever been devised in a free country. It is only the selfish conservatives that don’t want to share and be part of the group. You will change your tune when you get older…and wiser.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Swish as Taxpayer scores three big points in a late day identity politic shot from way off the topic. I like the footwork that had him scrounge up racial “bigotry” and create bigoted characters about people he never met or spoken to but who apparently don’t share his enthusiasm for people dependent on the government. Nothing about race in this conversation but that never stopped him from scoring the big three pointer before when he gets frustrated and angry and his emotions get the best of him.

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            Jim Kershner says:

            Does he wear a red hat or white hood….old or new kkk blood?

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        Cryan says:

        Lol james we all know you took SSI disability in your late 40s because of your “bad back.”

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          The discussion is about voting rights and we all know that the conservative republicans are all about using dirty tricks to suppress the vote any way they can in any state that they can get away with it. They have been doing it for years and will continue until all the court cases are finalized. Look at the list of people listed above who have signed on to this letter and you have a very good explaination of who is involved in this voter suppression charade. Those signees are actually demanding to be able to discriminate against their fellow voters, read the letter. This is just plain wrong but they know that very clearly as the courts have stated so, very clearly many times before, but they keep looking for a new slant that might just slip by. If it works in one state, they will use it in another adjoining state. Employing Dirty Tricks is the republicans way. How many Democrat signatures do you see above?

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          Stuart, please tell us all exactly who is “them with the green cards” and “they” that you keep complaining about? All “those people with a heartbeat that just want a check” wink, wink you refer to all the time as deadbeats. You are not fooling anyone! Any person that has been reading this site for over a week knows perfectly well the code words you use, we understand your inference perfectly, we do NOT agree with you at all but we understand you! Don’t play hurt.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Inspector Clouseau of the French Surete on the case once again only this time seasoned with a little of the long gone but not soon forgotten Stasi of East Germany dragging people in for very, very close questioning about using suspect phrasing or perhaps wrong pronouns. Keep investigating Inspector so long as none of my conservative friends pay you or anyone with your twisted mindset the slightest attention or stop for even a moment saying EXACTLY what the want to say EXACTLY the way they want to say it answering to no one.

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      Jim Kershner says:

      I have a shirt for you …fa”Q”

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    Donna Locke says:

    Tre for governor.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I’m with you Donna but it’s best to wait six more years.

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        Donna Locke says:

        In six years, many more young people will be voting for Democrats in Tennessee, and many current older voters will be dealing with the politics in the afterlife. Get Bill Lee out of there and get somebody with a clue in there ASAP.

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          Donna Locke says:

          Tre has a clue.

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            Jim Kershner says:

            Yes he does..he knows exactly where to put up a cross and where not….got a match?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          There are political realities that we must confront whether we like what they tell us or not. Bill Lee is a very rich inoffensive guy and Tennesseans rarely deprive major officeholders like governors or U.S. senators of office unless they do something really awful. I simply can’t see Lee doing anything to warrant being thrown out and even if he has some negatives he has more than enough money to overcome the negatives during a campaign. Lee certainly won’t be challenged from the left and I can’t see any conservative risking big bucks when in four years he can be competing for an open seat.

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            James White says:

            #LeeTheTyrant needs to be voted out. He should obey the constitutions. He did not.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            Just as long as they are rich, a politician in Stuarts’ view can be anything else because his wealth can make up for any “mistakes.” – that is exactly how you get these types of politicians and then they stay entrenched and bring along all their rich friends that expect lots of good things in return.

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    PaulH says:

    Democrat Party stands for decay, decline, degeneration, dependency, defeatism, deceit, depravity, de-christionization, Detroit and destruction of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is corrupt, degenerate. treasonous and totalitarian. Almost all problems harming this country can be traced back to Democrat Party control if you know where to look and if you trace it back far enough. Income redistribution is theft. You don’t get rights by making laws or giving out “free” stuff. If you didn’t work for it, you are receiving stolen property. It’s not a right if someone else pays for it. Welfare is not a right. The worst governed places in America are run by Democrats with bogus theory based on quack “scholarship”.

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