Recent Changes Affecting Tennessee's Voting Laws
Last year, Tennessee passed a law requiring voters to show a photo ID to vote. The law took effect for the March 6, 2012 primary election. Acceptable ID’s (must contain a photo) include:
- Tennessee driver’s license;
- Valid photo ID issued by any state;
- Valid photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety;
- Valid U.S. passport;
- Valid Military ID.
If a voter does not show proper ID, they must vote by provisional ballot. The voter must show the administrator of elections proper ID within six days after the election.
Tennessee also passed a law requiring a person to show proof of citizenship only if flagged by state officials as potential non-citizens based on a database check and shortened the early voting period by two days.