It’s a big deal in town, signs scattered all over Pigeon Forge as voters take up the issue of liquor by the drink and a few city commission spots. “I think we may get 1,000 people to vote today, total,” Tony Rast, whose son is running for one of those commission seats said.
Even with all the hype, Rast’s guess of 1,000 would be just slightly better than one in seven Pigeon Forge residents who have actually gone through the process of registering and then actually showing up to vote on election day.
“Oh, just walk in. Real easy,” Rast said.
Now, a bill up for a full house and senate vote Wednesday could change the way we register in Tennessee. It requires some form of legal proof, like a birth certificate, that the voter is a United States citizen.
“I think you need to have some sort of verifiable proof that you are a citizen of the United States,” Deborah Rast of Pigeon Forge said.