You’d better have your hankie handy, because VICE has got a real sob story for you:

Disenfranchised! Voter suppression! Oh, the humanity!

In his contribution to VICE’s “collection of essays exploring personal stories of voter disenfranchisement,” disenfranchised and suppressed voter Davis Winkie writes:

When I was preparing to vote in 2016, my wife and I were living in north Nashville while I was playing football at Vanderbilt University. We registered to vote—that went off without a hitch, because Tennessee has online voter registration. We found that very convenient and we didn’t really think too much more of it. We had valid Georgia IDs, and assumed we could use those at the polls to satisfy Tennessee’s voter ID law. My wife was born in 1995 and I was born in 1996, so we were both really excited to participate in something bigger than a local primary for the first time.

Then I read an article in the Nashville Tennessean on the state’s voter ID law, which had been changed in 2013. Unlike the previous version of this law, you had to have either a Tennessee state-issued ID or a federally-issued photo ID in order to vote. Under a previous version of this law, out-of-state IDs had been permissible, and even Memphis library cards after a lawsuit from some senior citizens. But that article made me realize: Oh man, I don’t think I can comply with the law.

Oh man, you guys. Winkie and his wife were in a real pickle. See, their cars were still registered to their parents and they didn’t want to have to pay for Tennessee registration and driver’s licenses because they would have had to incur “a pretty significant tax burden” (liberals love higher taxes until they don’t). What’s a guy to do? Life is so unfair! So very unfair:

I got kind of mad after that. I had fallen victim to a law that was specifically designed to make people like me not be able to vote. And I was frustrated because I felt like I’d satisfied the spirit of the voter ID law by showing my identity and my residency and my citizenship—the overly restrictive way in which the law was designed shows the bad faith that created it. The Tennessee GOP pushed for this restrictive voter ID law and it succeeded in keeping to at least two people from voting.

How dare Tennessee demand prospective voters have valid ID proving their residence! Voter suppression! Voter suppression!

Meanwhile, it’s getting harder to suppress this ratio:

With good reason.

No, it really isn’t. Sorry that your Vanderbilt student ID wasn’t sufficient, Davis, but if you failed to meet the minimum requirements to vote in Tennessee, that’s on you, pal. You weren’t disenfranchised; you were just lazy.

Tough break, Winkie.

Nope. But at least there’s a moral to this story. Not the one Vice or Winkie thinks, but a moral nonetheless:

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