Monday, April 4, 2016

Vote in the General Election!

If you want to be part of the election in November, it is important now that you check your voter registration. Today is the deadline for the county election, but if you want to be part of the general election in November it is important that you keep your voter registration up to date. Don’t let the deadline sneak-up on you, October 11 will be the last day to register if you wish to vote in the general election.

You may easily check your Tennessee voter registration online at: https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/. If you are a resident of Shelby County Tennessee you may call the Election Commission at: 901-222-1200.

If you have a felony conviction in Tennessee you will have to have your voting rights restored. Start the process with this form: http://share.tn.gov/sos/election/forms/ss-3041.pdf

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 will be election day. October 19, will be the first day to vote early in person. August 10, will be the first day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters. If you don’t wish to vote in person, you may apply for a vote by-mail ballot. The state of Tennessee does not list the requirements for a vote by-mail ballot now, but you may see the process at: http://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/how-do-i-request-absentee-ballot

This election most voters will need to have a photo ID. Generally the following list of IDs may be used, even if expired: Tennessee driver license with your photo, United States Passport, Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government, United States Military photo ID and Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo.

College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government are not acceptable. Voters cannot use county or city issued photo IDs, such as library cards, and photo IDs issued by other states. For a more exhaustive list visit the Tennessee Secretary of State page on photo IDs: http://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/what-id-required-when-voting