Because so much of this thread has been suppostion with no SPECIFIC discussion on the various laws I post this:
• Starting in 2012, registered voters in Tennessee will have to show government-issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot at the polls.
• Acceptable forms of ID include:
Tennessee driver license with a photo (current or expired);• Student ID cards from state universities are NOT acceptable.
o A driver license issued by another state (current or expired);
o U.S. passport;
o Federal employee ID with photo;
o State employee ID with photo (including those issued by state universities);
o U.S. military ID; or
o Gun permit card with a photo.
• The new law requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote applies only to those voting at polling places. It does not apply to those casting absentee ballots under state law, including those age 65 or older who wish to vote absentee or those voting at licensed nursing homes.
• If you are a registered voter and do not have a government-issued photo ID, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security will provide you with a photo ID at no charge.
• To minimize wait times, groups or organizations planning to bring several people to the centers for photo IDs are encouraged to make appointments..
• Under the new voter ID law, in order to get a photo ID for voting purposes, voters must show the following documentation to a Driver Service Center examiner:
Proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate); and• Any citizen who currently holds a non-photo Tennessee driver license may elect to simply get a photo driver license rather than a separate photo ID.
o Two proofs of Tennessee residency (such as a copy of a utility bill, vehicle registration/title, or bank statement).
• Registered voters may convert a non-photo driver license to a photo driver license at Driver Service Centers or any of the Department's county clerk partner locations at no charge.
• A citizen with a non-photo driver license must sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury stating that he or she does not have a valid government-issued photo ID for voting purposes. There will be no fee for this service.