5 thoughts on “93-Year-Old Tennessee Woman Who Cleaned State Capitol For 30 Years Denied Voter ID

  1. One of the polical parties resists voter ID legislation at every step. How much you want to bet that this story is actually a sad story produced by that party. Do you know which one it is?

    Why? Because if you have voter ID it might be little harder for illegal immigrants and dead people to vote.

  2. Another interesting fact from the WSJ article by renunication in the comments section – “They can do it for Puerto Rico – why not the rest of US ex-pats”

    see bottom of Puerto Rico’s Government page stating that if you’re a bona fide resident of the island you are not liable to US Income Tax and therefore do not have to file a 1040. (except income from the Federal Government).


  3. @John, If you are a Puerto Rico resident you are not subject to US Federal income tax on Puerto Rico source income only. If you are employed by Federal Government, or if you are a resident of Puerto Rico and have income from sources outside of Puerto Rico (either from within the US or from a foreign country) then you are requred to file a US tax return and pay US Federal income tax on that income.

    If you are a US citizen or foreign (green card) resident who lives anywhere else in the world, including in the US, you may claim a foreign tax credit paid to Puerto Rico for taxes on Puerto Rico source income. This is true even though Puerto Rico is not a foreign country. Puerto Rico is the only place in the world where a US citizen may live and not be subject to the US income tax, as long as the person’s income is from Puerto Rico sources. This is the result of an agreement beween Puerto Rico and the US that is very old. As I recall it dates back to 1917.

    In 1996 the GAO, at the request of Congress, conducted a study to determine whether or not Puerto Rico’s tax status should be modifed to extend the US income tax to residents of that island. The results of the study, as covered by the GAO report which is available on the Internet, concluded it would be a bad deal for both Puerto Rico and the US. So it was dropped like a hot potato and not pursued further.

  4. Puerto Rico is on the path to statehood, they have a referendum this year. So within a year or two they’ll be the same as any other state.

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