Just months after a new Voter ID law was passed, some US Congressional leaders say it’s not too late for the state leaders to reverse what they call a step backwards in voting rights. Reverend Emanuel Cleaver, II is one of many US Congressmen disturbed by the new voter ID law in Tennessee that goes into effect in a matter of weeks. Meant to prevent voter fraud, Cleaver believes it’s only preventing voting.
The head of the Congressional Black Caucus Emanuel Cleaver was in Nashville Sunday delivering a sermon at a local church and also his strong opinions about Tennessee’s voter ID law and why he says it needs to be repealed in January. Cleaver gave the sermon at Spruce Street Baptist Church in Nashville Sunday morning. While he didn’t talk politics during the service, he was happy to give his opinions afterwards.
Cleaver says the Congressional Black Caucus is seriously concerned about the new law requiring all voters to have a government issued photo ID. As a group, they are urging voters to speak up about the injustice and hoping legislatures will repeal the law.
“I would hope that TN general assembly will reconsider what they are doing, forget the political advantage that one party might have creating obstacles to voting, do the right thing, this is the US of America we should try as best we can to get as high of participation as possible,” said Cleaver.