The state of Tennessee recently passed a voter ID law that would require voters to present a photograph ID before voting. At first, if the voter did not have a legal ID, they would have to purchase one. Naturally, the Democrats opposed the measure, saying that it would impose a poll tax on those Tennesseans that had to purchase an ID.
On the floor of the Tennessee General Assembly, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner opposed the bill because it did not pay for the ID. He cited an Indiana Supreme Court case in which the court upheld an ID law because the state paid for the ID's. He said:
"Ladies and gentlemen I have said four times..five times..that I will vote for this bill as long as it's funded and not a poll tax..."
In a committee hearing on the bill he said:
"I don't have a problem with this bill at all as long as we pay for it."
How quickly things change.
Through the legislative process, the state decided to fully fund the law and pay for the ID's (PDF) instead of having the citizen pay for it. So Mike Turner's argument against this law was addressed. That should have been the end of it, right? Well, no.
You see, Turner filed legislation to repeal this law. He decided he is against the voter ID law after all. He even went on Al Sharpton's BSNBC program to discuss the matter.
Turner was against this law from the start. His insistence that he would support it if it was funded was a lie. Democrats can't have people actually proving who they say they are can they? I guess they can't. Their support among the dead drops dramatically.