TN Sec. of State applauds judge's ruling on photo ID law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett lauded a judge's decision on Wednesday not to issue a temporary restraining order in a Memphis case in which the plaintiffs argued photo ID's issued by the City of Memphis should be acceptable for voting.

“The legislature clearly intended that only state or federal photo IDs can be used, which prevents us from accepting county or city IDs,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “Our Division of Elections remains ready to assist any voter with questions about how they may obtain a free photo ID for voting from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.”

Hargett reminded voters that anyone who does not present a state- or federally-issued photo ID at the polls will not be turned away, but will receive a provisional ballot. However, the voter will need to return to the local election commission office within two business days after the election and present a state- or federally-issued photo ID in order for the provisional ballot to be counted.

He offered examples of acceptable form of ID such as current or expired, include driver licenses, U.S. passports, Department of Safety photo ID cards, U.S. military photo IDs and other state or federal government photo ID cards.


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