Monday, November 7, 2016

Election rules about identification

If you're heading out to vote in the Tuesday election, you'll need to make sure you have an appropriate ID with you.

Following changes to Tennessee voter ID laws back in 2013 to prevent fraud, people are required to bring a photo ID with them to vote.

There are several accepted forms of ID, including drivers licenses, U.S. passports, military and government IDs, and handgun permits with pictures.

Student ID cards from state universities are not acceptable, and the law applies only to those voting in polling places.

For people without photo IDs that wish to vote, it's not too late. The State Department of Homeland Security has a quick same-day method to get one free of charge.

All you need to do is visit one of the driver service centers across the state to obtain one. People must be able to prove U.S. citizenship by providing their birth certificate or social security card, plus provide two proofs of Tennessee residency such as recently postmarked bills or a bank statement.

If you have a government-issued license that isn't a photo ID, then all you need to do is convert that to a photo license at a driver service center.

The nearest driver service center to Knoxville is just off I-40 at the Strawberry Plains Pike exit 398 at .

In Maryville, the driver services center is located off the West Lamar Alexander Parkway at 318 Home Avenue. In Oak Ridge, residents can head to the center at

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