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ID rule tightens
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The state has narrowed the photo ID requirement for the 2014 elections.
The new law will no longer allow photo IDs from other states to be used at the polls.
“Now, it must be a Tennessee driver license or Tennessee gun carry permit,” said election administrator Donna Smith. “Before, it was OK to use a photo license from another state, but the change doesn’t allow them anymore.”
The identification requirements were passed a few years ago, making voters show some type of official photo ID when they arrive at the polls. Photo IDs like valid passports and Veterans Administration cards are still accepted. Things like library cards and student IDs are not accepted.
“A person can still go to the driver’s testing station and get an identification-only license if they wish,” Smith said. “Those are accepted if the person doesn’t have an actual driver license with a picture.”
Smith said there were few issues regarding photo IDs during local elections in 2012.
“We want to get this out there in plenty of time in case anyone needs to take steps to get a proper identification,” Smith said.