State Expands Opportunities To Acquire Voter Photo ID

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NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced that 9,492 photo IDs had been issued for voting purposes from July 1 through December 31, 2011. The vast majority (8,989) of those issued were non-photo driver licenses converted into photo driver licenses, while 503 were original photo identification cards.

Effective January 1, 2012, a new state law requires citizens to present a federal or state-issued photo ID to vote at the polls. The law also requires the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to issue photo IDs for voting purposes at no charge.

“I am encouraged by the number of photo IDs issued for voting purposes since July 2011. We have several options available to make photo IDs available for those who need them, including our Saturday business hours and county clerk partners. Hopefully, the number of photo IDs issued will continue to increase as we get closer to the presidential primary in March,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

The department’s 30 county clerk partners have contributed to today’s figure with 2,333 voter IDs issued. They are converting non-photo driver licenses to photo driver licenses for voters who need them free of charge.

In addition, on this Saturday, January 7, the state will open 19 driver service centers for citizens who need a photo ID for voting purposes, and will also open on the first Saturday of each month through March for the purpose of issuing voter photo IDs only.

“The Iowa caucus is over, and the presidential primary season is in full swing. Tennessee’s presidential primary will be here before you know it, so I strongly encourage anyone who doesn’t already have a valid photo ID to get one as soon as possible,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Having Saturday operating hours at the state driver service centers makes getting an ID easier and more convenient,” Hargett added.

The driver service centers that will be opened on the first Saturday of each month are located in the following counties: Davidson (Centennial Blvd. and Hart Lane), Hamilton (both locations), Knox (both locations), Shelby (East Shelby Drive and Summer Avenue), Sullivan, Sumner, Rutherford, Washington, Williamson, Montgomery, Blount, Bradley, Putnam, Greene, and Carter.

The centers will be open normal business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

To minimize the possibility of wait times during Saturday hours, groups or organizations planning to make a group visit to a driver service center should schedule an appointment by calling Linda Cone at 731-225-0924 or Wanda Adams at 615-251-5300.

Since July 1, 2011, the Department has seen a steady increase in the number of photo IDs issued for voting purposes. To date, the month of November has earned the highest number of voter IDs issued across the state with 3,600. 

For more information on the new voter photo ID law, including acceptable forms of photo identification and documents needed to obtain a photo ID for voting purposes, please visit the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s website at

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public.  The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.  

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January 05, 2012 at 6:18am
Sure is refreshing to see expanding opportunities extended to those in this county. We can now drive to see county clerks in any of these thirty counties and those openings in Knox or Greene counties sure will help Cannon Countians.

The state is blowing of dollars millions to rein in a problem that does not even exist. Yet here in this county we do not even have the funds to kept open all voting places.

Pharaphrasing a line "in the words of Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper in "Dr. Strangelove" — "Voter fraud infiltration, Voter fraud indoctrination, Voter fraud subversion and the national voter fraud conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids."
January 05, 2012 at 6:54am
The reason the State of Tennessee needed this law is simple MMW. It is because of people like you who publically stated that you intended to commit voter fraud and encouraged other people to do it as well.

You say the problem doesn't exist, yet you use this forum as a tool to encourage others to do it and proclaim your intent to do it as well.

And you either lie or use this forum to promote bumper stickers encouraging voter fraud. I am sure you are reporting the income you are allegedly receiving from the sale of those bumper stickers to the IRS as well.

Unlike you MMW I will quote and not paraphrase because that simply means you don’t know the quote and have to make it up yourself:

Hypocrite: the man who murdered both his parents and pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan. ~Abraham Lincoln

The state is blowing of dollars millions to rein in a problem that does not even exist. ~ MMW a.k.a. dailyreader

Hypocrite: “I will vote early and I will vote often and I will encourage other Democrats to do so as well" ~ MMW a.k.a dailyreader
January 05, 2012 at 8:25pm
"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room" President Merkin Muffley.
January 12, 2012 at 6:46am
Anyone wondering why the United States needs a photo ID law in every state (specifically you MMW a.k.a. dailyreader) here is a link that is self explanatory.
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